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Local/State News for week ending 11/9/2013

Woman Charged with Beating
Female Lover, Strangling Her;
Accused Her of Cheating

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Katrina Floyd, 42, of 3235 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Katrina Floyd

According to the arrest report, Katrina Floyd and her victim, Susan Shoff, have been in a romantic relationship since November 2012. The two women live together at the Michiana Motel, room 119, 3235 14th Street West, Bradenton.

On Sunday, Nov. 3rd, at about 1:45 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the location and was flagged down by Shoff. When he got close to her, she showed many signs of abuse and was visibly shaken and distraught.

She told the deputy that Katrina, her girlfriend, had beaten her repeatedly over the past 24 hours. Katrina had accused Susan of alleged infidelity.

Susan said that Katrina had started grabbing her and punching her, which eventually progressed into strangulation. Susan said that Katrina strangled her to the point where she could not breathe and had cut off blood flow to her head.

After the strangulation, Susan managed to escape and call 911 for assistance.

When Katrina was questioned about the incident, Katrina said no physical abuse had transported and that Susan was drunk and had sustained her injuries when she fell and hit her head on a table in the room.

Katrina was verbally abusive to deputies and her story did not seem realistic or truthful, the report said.

Katrina was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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

The Manatee County Clerk of Courts website showed two pages of arrests, including several misdemeanors and traffic violations. She also had two felony arrests previously, including one for Burglary of a Conveyance in July of this year and one arrest for two counts of Aggravated Assault in 1992. She pled No Contest to those charges.


Manatee Detectives Arrest Man
for Possession of Child Porn


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's detectives have arrested George Ford, of Bradenton, 71, and charged him with one count of Sexual Performance by a Child.


George Ford

Ford was arrested Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7th, without incident.

The investigation began when detectives received information that an unknown subject uploaded an inappropriate image of a juvenile female.

Subsequent investigation showed the e-mail address belonged to Ford.

Detectives continued the investigation and discovered a child pornographic video on Ford's computer.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant on November 6th and Ford was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Ford was charged with Possession of Pornography Showing Sexual Performance by a Child.

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


BPD Arrested Man for Charging
His Brother with a Knife


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arresed Gregory Campbell, 46, of 7611 1st Avenue West, Bradenton.


Gregory Campbell

The arrest report from BPD said on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, at about 2:45 p.m., a BPD officer was dispatched to 10955 Bristol Bay Drive, Bradenton, regarding an assault.

Upon arrival, he spoke with Mark Campbell, who said his brother, Gregory, had come over to his residence unannounced and was let in by his mother, who lives with him.

Mark was asleep and when he awoke, he saw Gregory sitting on his couch.

Mark asked Gregory about a prior incident and Gregory did not respond, so Mark asked Gregory to leave his residence.

Gregory refused and proceeded to the kitchen, where he grabbed a steak knife and charged Mark with it, saying Mark was a dead man and that he was going to kill him, all the while swinging the knife inches from Mark's face.

Gregory was arrested later at his home and charged with Domestic Aggravated Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony.

He was later released from the Manatee County Jail after posting a bail bond of $10,000.


Man Charged with False
Imprisonment, Battery


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Barry Davidson, 27, of 2610 50th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Barry Davidson

The arrest report said Davidson and his unnamed female victim have been in an intimate relationship for two years and live together as a family unit.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5th, at about 5:15 a.m., they got into a verbal dispute.

The dispute escalated and Davidson retrieved a pillow and struck the woman with it multiple times.

The victim fled from Davidson into the bedroom; he followed her and locked her in.

Even though she asked to be let out, Davidson refused to do so.

She called 911 and Davidson fled prior to arrival of law enforcement.

The victim sustained no injuries and declined EMS services.

Davidson was arrested later that day and charged with False Imprisonment of an Adult and Domestic Battery.

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


Man Arrested for Stealing Electric
Razor, Cologne from Walmart

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael Randolph Sparks, 46, of 1335 25th Street, Sarasota.


Michael Sparks

The arrest report said on Tuesday, Nov. 5th, at about 9:30 a.m., Sparks entered the Walmart store located at 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road.

He proceeded to conceal two bottles of cologne and an electric razor down the front of his patns.

The items had a total value of $152.91.

Sparks then passed all points of sale and exited the store without paying for the items.

He was stopped by a loss prevention person, but Sparks attempted to get around the L.P. person and pushed her with his had as she blocked his path.

The store's assistant manager grabbed Sparks and both fell to the ground.

Law enforcement arrived and Sparks was taken into custody.

He was charged with Petit Theft and Resisting Recovery of Property.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $620.


Sheriff Reports Man's Wallet
Suddenly Snatched


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery by sudden snatching on Thursday, Nov. 7th, at about 2:45 p.m., in the 4400 block of 20th Street West, Bradenton.

The sheriff's report of the incident said Larry Cole, 68, was walking for exercise, which he usually does a few times a week.

Cole was in the 4400 block of 20th Street West when he pulled his wallet out of his pocket.

Suddenly and without warning, a man came up behind Cole and snatched the wallet out of his hand.

The robber was last seen running north across Cortez Road.

He was described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years of age, with medium length black hair, last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a white or gray shirt.

Deputies couldn’t locate the robber.

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, Man Arrested
for Child Neglect

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Krista Mosley, 27, of 2238 Colson Avenue, Sarasota, for Child Neglect following an investigation involving her injured six-month-old daughter.


Above, Krista Mosley and Christopher Rounds

Deputies were called to Sarasota Memorial Hospital October 27th after the baby was brought in with cuts to her face and head. That day, detectives arrested 25-year-old Christopher Rounds for Aggravated Child Abuse after Mosley and another witness said he was under the influence of K2 and alcohol and the only person awake when the child was injured.

When speaking with detectives, Mosley admitted taking prescribed medication and drinking alcohol before falling asleep the night the baby was injured. A court-ordered urinalysis on October 28 showed Mosley was positive for amphetamines, cocaine and benzodiazepines. Detectives obtained a warrant charging Mosley with Child Neglect and she was taken into custody today in Lee County.

The baby has been released from the hospital and is in the custody of relatives.


Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed
While Delivering Pizza

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department reported an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

The armed robbery in the area of 47th Street and the 4700 block of Rilma Avenue in Sarasota is under investigation. The armed robbery happened at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim, a pizza delivery driver, told officers he was robbed while delivering a pizza at 4717 Rilma Avenue. When the victim went to the door and knocked, he told officers a black male approached him from behind and threw a clay pot at his head. The victim ducked and the clay pot grazed his head.

The victim told officers the suspect rushed him and started hitting him in the head and upper body area while kneeing him. The victim said the suspect kept beating him and eventually stopped and threatened to shoot him while pulling out a gardening trowel from his back side. The victim gave the suspect cash before the suspect fled the area on foot.

The home was a vacant home and appears to have been vacant for quite some time. Officers conducted a K-9 track and helicopter search with no results.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com


Man Charged with Burglary with
Battery on Person Over Age 65


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An Englewood man was arrested early Thursday morning, Nov. 7th, after a woman identified him as the man who broke into her home and battered her.


David Szakalos

At about midnight, deputies were called to a residence in the 6300 block of Roberta Drive in the area of East Englewood by a 70-year-old woman who said she woke up to a man standing behind her recliner holding his hand over her mouth. The victim told deputies she screamed and struggled with the man and she eventually fell from the chair onto the floor.

Because the woman had medical issues and because she had recently reported another burglary to her house, the victim had concealed a kitchen knife in the area of her recliner. When the man was holding her as she began to get up, she was able to reach the knife and stab at the man’s abdominal area. Since she was on the floor, she also stabbed at the man’s bare feet.

The woman said the man ran into her back bedroom and, when he came back into the living room, she recognized him as someone who lived in the area of her house. When the first deputies arrived, they found drops of blood in her house and in her driveway. They followed the blood drops from the driveway, down Waterford Avenue to the garage door of 6206 Berkeley Street.

Detectives contacted the residents at that address and asked David Franklin Szakalos, 51, if he could come out to his driveway where the blood trail ended. When they asked him if he would raise his shirt, they saw two large bandages in the center and to the side of his abdomen. While detectives were still talking with Szakalos in the driveway of his home, deputies drove by with the victim in the car. She positively identified Szakalos as the man who had been in her home and held her down.

Detectives placed Szakalos under arrest on charges of Burglary with a Battery on a Person Over Age 65. While they were handcuffing him, Szakalos is alleged to have tried to pull away several times. During one such instance he allegedly used the back of his head to strike one of the detectives in the face. As a result, he was also charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.

Szakalos was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians continued to collect evidence as the investigation was continuing.

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


Englewood Man Charged with
Burglary, Abuse of Disabled

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT -- Detectives arrested an Englewood man Wednesday, Nov. 6th, on several charges, including abusing a disabled adult, in connection with a residential burglary reported earlier that day.


Shane Burchell

At about 10:00 Wednesday morning, deputies met with a victim from the 800 block of 4th Street in Englewood who reported that sometime between Sunday November 3 and Wednesday November 6, someone had entered his home and removed money and items of jewelry valued at more than $2,000. The victim told deputies he suspected an acquaintance who had recently been at his house of having taken the items.

Deputies also spoke with a neighbor who said he saw someone who fit the description of the suspected acquaintance at the victim’s house on Sunday. That man arrived on a bicycle, which he left leaning against the house for about 20 minutes, while he disappeared from the neighbor’s sight.

The victim contacted a local second-hand dealer to forewarn them of the jewelry items he had reported stolen and, later, received a call that they had purchased similar items, though not from the person the victim suspected. The victim went to the business and positively identified the items as being his.

Detectives located the man who had signed the paperwork to sell the jewelry and found that, as a result of a serious accident, he had suffered injuries that resulted in his inability to understand the ramifications of selling the property. Both the business owner and the man who sold the jewelry said that the victim’s original suspect, Shane Allan Burchell, 31, of 2019 Willow Avenue in Englewood, had been present and negotiated the transaction.

Detectives located Burchell and arrested him on charges of Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Abuse of a Disabled Adult. After he was taken into custody, detectives located additional stolen property in his possession. He was being held at the Charlotte County Jail on a total $35,000 bond.


Cops' Body Cams Show
Dramatic Shooting, Rescue


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Daytona Beach police on Wednesday released dramatic video of two of their officers trying to save a woman being held at knifepoint in September, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The officers were wearing body cameras and rescued the victim without killing her assailant.

The video shows police kicking down the door to the home on Magnolia Avenue. When officers walk in, they see 32-year-old Jermaine Green holding a knife to his girlfriend's neck.

Officer Richard Maher's body camera shows him ducking into a bedroom. Green falls onto a nearby bed and his girlfriend, Katrina Johnson, falls on top of him, struggling to get away.

The video shows Green moving the knife from Johnson's neck to her chest, prepared to stab her.

In the video, both officers repeatedly command him to drop the weapon.

“Let her go, dude, let her go. Let her go, man. I'm telling you right now,” warns Officer Kevin Connelly.

Police say Green didn't listen and that's when officers shot him in the leg and stomach at least four times.

Johnson was shot in the arm during the ordeal, but officers say they had no other choice but to shoot in order to save her life.

Green is an ex-NFL player who had a brief stint with the New York Giants.

His family told WKMG that he has a short temper, the report said.

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Woman "Bitch-Slaps" Husband,
Chases Him with Knife, Threatens
to Kill Him; Witnessed by Roommate

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Sarah Lee Mueller, 53, of 2705 52nd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Sarah Mueller

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, at about 2:45 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the above location regarding a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, Dep. Bogart observed Dep. Ortegon talking to a White female, later identified as Muller, outside on the driveway.

Dep. Bogart walked inside and made contact with Mueller's husband, Brian Mueller, and interviewed him.

Between the interviews with Sarah and Brian, it was learned that Sarah and Brian were involved in a verbal argument that turned physically violent.

According to Brian and Brian's roommate, Sarah became upset with Brian during the argument and slapped him in the mouth twice. Sarah also knocked Brian out of a chair he was sitting in.

Brian sustained two small abrasions on the inside of his bottom lip.

Sarah then told Brian she was going to kill him. After verbally threatened Brian's life, she went to the kitchen and retrieve a knife. She started chasing Brian around the house with the knife in her hand.

While chasing Brian around the house, Sarah was yelling, "I'm gonna kill you," and "Don't go to sleep!"

Brian did not receive any injuries from the knife assault, but was afraid for his lie because he believes Sarah may kill him in his sleep, the report said.

The knife Sarah used was collected as evidence.

Post-Miranda, Sarah said she "bitch-slapped Brian because he was calling her nasty names, such as "bitch" and "fat-ass."

She denied the other allegations.

She was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery and Domestic Aggravated Assault.

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


Woman Arrested for Prostitution,
Possession of Crack Cocaine


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Veronica Rios-Izaguirre, 27, a homeless person.


Veronica Rios-Izaguirre

The arrest report said on Monday, Nov. 4th, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 11:30 a.m., he came across Veronica in the 1300 block of 27th Avenue West.

He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Veronica agreed to give the U/C detective oral sex for $25.

She was arrested without incident.

A computer search revealed Veronica had been convicted of Prostitution on three previous occasions. She was therefore charged with Felony Prostitution.

During a search subsequent to her arrest, deputies discovered a crack pipe with a piece of crack inside it.

Veronica was additionally charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $3,500.


Four Men Arrested in BPD
Reverse Prostitution Sting


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department reported they have arrested four men in connection with a reverse prostitution sting.


Above, L to R, Pedro Juarez-Hernandez, Domingo Marcos, Roverto Santana-Albares, and Anthony Barber

On November 5, 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:

1. Pedro Juarez-Hernandez, H/M 36 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution – Misdemeanor

2. Domingo Marcos, H/M, 35 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution – Misdemeanor

3. Roverto Santana-Albares, H/M, 23 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution – Misdemeanor

4. Anthony Barber B/M, 24 years of age, - Felony warrant out of Manatee County for theft.

Additionally, one motor vehicle was seized under Bradenton City Ordinance 2949.

Pedro Juarez-Hernandez and Roverto Santana-Albares both posted a $120 bail bond and were released from the Manatee County Jail.

Domingo Marcos remains in jail on a $120 bail bond.

Anthony Barber remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000, charged with the warrant for Grand Theft Shoplifting.

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


Teenager Arrested for Attempted
Strong Arm Robbery of Woman


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

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, Nov. 6th, at about 12:20 a.m., Melissa Coakley, 35, and her unnamed friend were riding their bicycles south in the 3600 block of 5th St. E when they were approached by Mariano and his two friends.

Mariano approached Melissa and asked for her bicycle.

She told Mariano that he could not have it.

Mariano then pushed Melissa off of her bicycle and attempted to take it from her.

Mariano and Melissa struggled over the bicycle for a few moments and law enforcement was notified.

Deputies and Violent Crimes Task Force units arrived on scene and met with the involved parties.

Affidavits were obtained and Mariano was placed under arrest.

It was determined that Mariano's friends did not take part in the incident and were released at the scene.

Melissa was not injured during the incident.

Mariano was charged with Attempted Strong Arm Robbery.

He was transported to the Juvenile Booking Facility at the Manatee County Jail.

A mug shot was not immediately available.


Woman Critical after Being
Struck by Hit & Run Driver


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported on Tuesday, November 6th,at approximately 1:40 a.m., a hit and run accident took place on US 41 (State Road 45) and 49th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

The FHP report said a bicyclist, Crystal Stankiewicz, 30, of Bradenton, and an unknown vehicle were traveling northbound on US 41 (State Road 45), approaching Orlando Avenue.

The unknown vehicle was in the right lane. Crystal was traveling along the right shoulder.

The Driver of the unknown vehicle failed to maneuver around Crystal, causing the unknown vehicle's right front to strike Crystal.

The unknown vehicle then left the scene.

Crystal was riding a Thruster bicycle.

The unknown vehicle left debris at the scene and was collected as evidence.

The unknown vehicle is possible a blue, larger vehicle (SUV/pickup truck) missing a right headlight and right side mirror.

FHP is now attempting to locate the unknown vehicle and its driver.

Anyone who many have witnessed this crash or has knowledge as to the identity/location of the hit and run driver and or Vehicle, is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800.


Two Men Sought for Burglary,
Theft from Construction Site


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking a two White males they suspect in the burglary and theft of copper wire from a Neal Communities construction site in the 4700 block of harvest Grove Place, Bradenton, sometime on Sunday, Nov. 3rd.

A sheriff's report said the superintendent for the site received a phone call from his painters on Sunday advising him of two unknown men driving a gray in color 2-door Honda Prelude at the construction site near one of the houses.

The painters attempted to question the two unknown men and they stated they were there to look for a friend's lost cell phone.

The painters told the site superintendent that they think the unknown men were there stealing wire, although they did not observe this.

The superintendent was out of town.

When he returned to the job site on Monday, Nov. 4th, he confirmed that copper wire had in fact been taken from the houses. Approximately $700 worth of copper wire was taken from the construction site.

The two men suspected of stealing the wire were only described as a White male, 6' tall, and a White male, 5'8" tall.

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

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


Caregiver Arrested for Stealing
from Disabled Clients

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman entrusted with caring for disabled clients for transferring money from their bank accounts to hers.


Linda Flores

Lutheran Services contacted detectives after noticing money was missing from the accounts of two women, 42 and 68 years old, for whom Lutheran Services is guardian, since both are declared mentally incompetent and have other medical issues.

Linda Baughman Flores, 56, of 1228 S. Shade Avenue, Sarasota, was co-owner of John Bird Community Supports, a company that assists the disabled with daily activities. Flores was listed as Trustee on the victims’ accounts and was responsible for paying their bills, but between December 2012 and May 2013, detectives found Flores electronically transferred their money into her own personal account, made ATM withdrawals from their accounts, and paid her electric bill from one victim’s account.

Flores was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 5th, and charged with two felony counts of Exploitation of a Disabled Person for stealing more than $4,400 from the victims.


SSO: October Saturation Patrol
Results and November Dates

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office conducts monthly saturation patrols to remove dangerous, uninsured or impaired drivers from local roadways to keep motorists safe.

Because of their commitment to keep the public aware of these ongoing education and enforcement efforts, results are provided at the end of each month and dates for the next month’s activity are announced.

Deputies conducted a special department-wide Halloween saturation patrol from October 25-November 1 which resulted in 27 DUI arrests, 43 seatbelt citations, 37 suspended license citations, 104 citations for not having proof of insurance, 301 speeding citations and 17 citations for reckless driving.

In November, saturation patrols will be conducted on November 9th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 27th and 30th.

This initiative is conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and supported through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.


PGPD Canine Jedi Subdues Suspect,
Tracks Another After Alert
Witnesses Call Police

PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, November 5th, just before midnight, an alert Riverside Behavioral Center employee and a second witness observed three males checking several vehicles' door handles in the parking lot and called police.


Above, Punta Gorda Police Department K-9 Jedi

Minutes later, Punta Gorda Police arrived at the location, 733 East Olympia Avenue and observed the males leaving the area. All three males fled on foot through an open field.

Canine Jedi arrived moments later and joined the chase, apprehending one male at the intersection of Mary Street and East Virginia Avenue.

After the suspect was secured in handcuffs, Canine Jedi began a track for the other two suspects.

After tracking for a few blocks, Canine Jedi located the second suspect hiding behind a wall at a nearby residence. That male, identified as a 15-year-old boy, of the 300 block of Fitzhugh Avenue, Punta Gorda, was found to be in possession of a pair of socks, which officers believed he was using as gloves in his effort to enter vehicles and avoid leaving fingerprints. He was also in possession of two lighters (a low-light source) and a pair of meat scissors, possibly to open locked center consoles and glove compartments.

Due to the quick action of the two witnesses, officers determined that the juveniles never got the opportunity to enter any of the vehicles. They were both subsequently charged with Loitering and Prowling and Resisting Arrest Without Violence. Additionally, the 15-year-old was charged with Possession of Burglary Tools.

At this time, a third subject is still at large and officers are following up on leads as to the identity of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity of the third suspect is asked to call Detective Corporal Terry Cochran at (941) 575-5527. Information also can be provided to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Dump Truck Stolen from
Punta Gorda Business

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives are looking for information on the reported theft of a dump truck last week from a Punta Gorda business.


On Thursday October 31, deputies responded to Allstar Disposal & Hauling, located at 4672 Duncan Road in Punta Gorda, concerning a missing dump truck. Employees reported that the 2005 white Mack truck was parked at the business on the evening of Wednesday October 30, but it was gone when they arrived at work at about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The truck has the company’s name printed in blue on both doors and has the number “02” on the hood. It is missing the cover for the driver’s side horn and should have Florida tag N1734S attached. Even though it is designed to transport a dumpster, there was no dumpster on it when it was taken.

The truck has been entered into the state-wide database as a stolen vehicle.

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


Police Chief: Neighborhood
Watch Can Carry Guns

SANFORD, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The Sanford police chief held a media briefing on Tuesday to discuss the Neighborhood Watch program meeting and how there will not be a ban on program participants carrying guns, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Police Chief Cecil Smith said there is a difference between Neighborhood Watch and Citizens on Patrol and that neither program is designed for people to carry guns.

Smith said he made a mistake when he said last week the new Neighborhood Watch policies would include a ban on members carrying guns. He says there will only be a verbal recommendation that watchers not carry guns and there will be no written policy as such.

But block captains will now be required to sign a waiver that says if they carry any weapon they are going beyond the training of police and relinquish the city of liability.

Smith said there will be a written gun ban for members on duty in SPD's Citizens on Patrol program, which lets people go one step further than Neighborhood Watch.

Smith said the Neighborhood Watch meeting on Tuesday night's goal is to define the program.

Neighborhood Watch is not designed for people to patrol their neighborhoods, Smith said, it's about being watchful and a helpful witness to possible crimes.

"We're asking people to be the eyes and ear," said Smith. "If you see something, pick up the telephone and call us. That's what we're asking people to do as far as Neighborhood Watch is concerned."

The meeting was at the City Commission Chambers at City Hall on North Park Avenue. Those interested in becoming part of the Neighborhood Watch program can apply for a background check at the meeting and training will begin in January, when the new programs are reinstated.

When Smith took over he suspended the formation of new neighborhood watch programs because he said the program was "a mess."

WKMG reported the new policies come out of lessons learned from the lack of communication/oversight of Neighborhood Watch as shown by the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case, Smith said.

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Woman Denies Entering Home
without Invitation, Battering
the Resident, a Neighbor

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Elizabeth Romero, 33, of 1324 32nd Avenue East, Unit B, Bradenton.


Elizabeth Romero

According to the arrest report, Saturday, Nov. 2nd, at about 8:40 a.m., Romero entered her neighbor Curtis Hartley's residence, 1324 32nd Avenue East, Unit A, Bradenton.

She entered through the back door; she didn't have permission.

Hartley had not invited Romero into his residence and told her to leave multiple times.

Romero ignored Hartley and would not leave.

At some point, while inside Hartley's residence, Romero grabbed his arms with her open hands and began to push and pull him.

The entire time Romero was battering Hartley, he was telling her to stop.

The entire incident was observed by an unnamed juvenile who was also in the residence at the time it occurred.

Hartley did not receive any injuries from the incident, the report said.

Romero told a deputy she never entered the residence and only knocked on his rear door.

Romero was arrested and charged with Burglary with Assault and Battery. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant for Non Support; she was also arrested for that.

At this time, Romero remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,430.


Man Caught on Surveillance
Video Denies Burglary,
Stealing Camera


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary and grand theft that occurred on Monday, Nov. 4th, at about 8 p.m., in the 4500 block of 58th Street West, Bradenton.


Robert Lippert

The victims reported a burglary at their house that occurred on this date. They reviewed their video surveillance video and discovered that Robert Lippert, whom they know, was inside their house. The video clearly depicts Robert burglarizing their house.

Lippert was located at his residence and Post Miranda denied taking anything from the house.

He was shown the video and then he stated that the victim told him to come over. He was shown the video of him stealing a camera off a table and he stated he didn’t take anything and that was just his cigarettes.

Lippert's recollection of events were untrue based on the video, the report said.

He was then placed under arrest and walked to a patrol vehicle. A search incident to arrest was conducted and during the search, Lippert had his hands down the back of his pants. He was ordered to remove his hands several times and when he did so the camera belonging to the victim fell through his shorts onto the ground.

Lippert advises he has been to prison 5 times for burglary and DUI's and just recently got out within a year, the report said.

Lippert, 56, of the 1200 block of 36th Street West, was charged with Burglary of a Dwelling and Grand Theft.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time on a bail of $9,000.


Two Burglars Caught Shortly
After Burglary of Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ryan Bernhardt, 32, and Daniel West, 32, both of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Ryan Bernhardt and Daniel West

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, Nov. 5th, at about 1:45 a.m., the victim was surprised to find two burglars in his home.

The victim of the burglary, David Wilson, 34, came home to his residence located at 6904 26th Street West, Bradenton, and found the arrested subjects inside his home.

Missing from Wilson's home were some electronic items.

Wilson called 911 and responding deputies located and arrested both men.

They were both charged with Burglary of a Dwelling and Grand Theft.

The both remain in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds of $9,000 each.

The sheriff's report noted that Bernhardt was released from jail on Monday, Nov. 4th, at 6 p.m. and by midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 5th, was committing a burglary.

[Ed. Note: Readers may recall reading about the victim of this burglary, David Wilson, on this past Tuesday's report on our Local News page. He was arrested for choking, and shooting his girlfriend with a pellet gun, and torching her clothes.]


Deputy's Cruiser Struck by
Hit-and-Run Driver

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an unknown vehicle driven by an unknown person struck a Deputy's Manatee County Sheriff's Office cruiser on Monday, Nov. 4th, at about 2 p.m., at 3608 2nd Drive NE, Bradenton.


A sheriff's report said Deputy Mallardi's issued unmarked patrol vehicle was legally parked in the driveway at the above location. The vehicle was unoccupied.

At the listed time, an unknown vehicle was traveling south on 36th St. NE and partially left the roadway as it failed to fully negotiate the turn onto 2nd Drive NE.

The unknown vehicle struck two mail boxes then glanced off the right rear corner of Deputy Mallardi's vehicle causing several minor scratches on the rear bumper.

The unknown vehicle fled the area and could not be located.

There was no evidence that the suspect vehicle's operator was injured.

The estimated damage to Deputy Mallardi's vehicle is $300.

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 Slugged by Intruder
Who Stole His TV


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported burglary with battery that left a man with minor injuries on Monday, Nov. 4th, at about 8:45 p.m. in the 6300 block of Honolulu Court, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Harold Underwood was inside his home when he heard a knock at the door.

When Underwood opened the door, an unknown Black male wearing a dark baseball type hat punched him in the face.

Underwood stumbled backwards into the bathroom and fell to the floor.

Underwood then observed the intruder taking his television and attempted to stop him, but was again punched in the face.

The intruder then fled the residence with the television.

A neighbor who heard the commotion saw a light-colored SUV leave from in front of the victims residence. They did not see the Black male enter the vehicle.

Underwood sustained a small cut above his eye that was treated by EMS.

The intruder/robber was not further described 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.


Manatee County Government
Offices Closed Nov. 11 to
Commemorate Veterans Day

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Solid waste collections will not be impacted by the Veterans Day holiday. All Manatee County Area Transit routes will run normally on Monday.

Central Library, the only county library normally open on Mondays, will be closed on Nov. 11, but will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Manatee County parks, preserves and beaches will be open to the public. G.T. Bray Recreation Center will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, but the two county golf courses will remain open for play. Manatee's skate parks will also remain open.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Administration Offices will also be closed.

[Ed. Note: NewsManatee will not be published on Veteran's Day; we will be observing the holiday.]


SSO: Tips for Cooler Weather
Crime Prevention

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Suncoast is starting to enjoy cooler weather overnight which means many residents are sleeping with their windows open. An open window can be an open invitation for burglars, so the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office offers crime prevention tips to help keep citizens safe.

Be sure the windows you choose to open aren’t right next to a door to minimize the chance someone could remove the screen to reach inside and open the door.

Secondary locking devices allow you to leave windows open enough for ventilation but block them from being opened any wider. These products can be purchased at home improvement stores. The cost is minimal but the benefits are tremendous.

While track locks are strongly recommended, inexpensive wooden dowels can block horizontal sliding windows from opening too far. Pins inserted through the frame of vertical sliding windows and doors can also keep them in place.

Should your home be outfitted with an alarm system, consider the addition of wired screens that enable you to protect those window openings and detect intruders.

Finally, whenever you leave the house, close and lock all possible entry points.


Search for Wanted Man Leads
to Drug Search, 4 Arrests,
1/4 Pound+ of Pot


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Deputies who were looking for a man with an outstanding warrant on Monday, Nov. 4th, found instead a house that smelled of marijuana where four other men were eventually arrested.


Lorenzo Cianfrocca

On Monday November 4, deputies checked out at 22143 LaSalle Road in Port Charlotte to try to locate a man who had an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation. While one deputy went to the rear of the residence, another knocked on the front door. A man came out the back door and when the deputy there asked if the man with the warrant was there, the man told him to “hold on” and went back inside.

When someone answered the knock at the front door, the deputy there immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. The deputy who had been at the rear of the house came to the front and also smelled the odor of marijuana.

The deputies located four men at the house who said they had not seen the wanted man for some time, that he no longer lived at that address. They declined to allow deputies to look inside the house for the wanted man or anything else.

Narcotics detectives responded to the address and, by mid-afternoon, obtained a search warrant for the residence. During the search, they located several containers of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids, along with items of paraphernalia. The total weight of the marijuana was estimated at about 149 grams. They also located a baggie with a blue pill that tested positive for Ecstasy and another baggie that contained aluminum foil with a substance yet to be identified.

The four men found at the residence were arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail.

Lorenzo Angelo Cianfrocca, 26, of 22143 LaSalle Rd in Port Charlotte, was charged with Possession of Ecstasy, Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids, Possession of More than 20 grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released on $8,500 bond.

Darven Civil, 21, of 380 Blarney Street in Port Charlotte; Zachary Alexander Muir, 21, of 1260 Martin Avenue in Port Charlotte; and Christian Emmat Ribel, 20, of 22143 LaSalle Road in Port Charlotte, were all three charged with Possession of Not More Than 20 grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All three were released on a $2,000 bond each.


Drive Sober Campaign
Nets 13 DUI Arrests


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- During the week of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Halloween Campaign,” the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office made a total of 13 arrests for DUI, along with multiple other arrests and citations issued.

The most recent campaign, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ran from Friday October 25 until Friday November 1. The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. According to the NHTSA, almost 10,000 people die each year on the nation’s highways as a result of drunk driving.

During the Halloween campaign, the Sheriff’s Office arrested 13 people for Driving Under the Influence. There were four arrests in the Englewood area, four arrests in the unincorporated area of Punta Gorda and five arrests in the Port Charlotte area.

During this same time period, the Sheriff’s Office made 34 arrests on drug charges and issued a total of 145 citations for various charges, including 23 citations for people who were driving with a suspended driver’s license.

“This Halloween campaign may have concluded,” Sheriff Bill Prummell said, “but that just means the end of the year holidays are that much closer. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to be vigilant in looking for potentially impaired drivers. So be safe and, if you are going to drink, don’t drive.”


Teen Comes Face-to-Face
with Bear on His Porch


APOPKA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Families in Apopka are in fear of what they say are several bears roaming their neighborhood, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

A bear came face to face with a 13-year-old Sunday night in the Brightwood Manor neighborhood.

Dante Whitten says he had an up-close encounter with a bear as he was walking to the porch of his house.

"There's the paw print, one, two, three," said Whitten. "The bear was sitting right here in the middle and it stood up. Then, it went back down and then it walked away."

Neighbors said they've seen as many as three bears wandering through yards and digging through trash cans for food.

Neighbors said the bears are becoming bold, causing damage to homes and even possibly killing some pets.

Neighbors said it's just a matter of time before something bad happens.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Local 6 they have no record about Sunday's incident.

Neighbors said they've called FWC in the past and were just sent an informational flyer, WKMG said.

Anyone who sees a bear is urged to call FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

UPDATE: Man Shoots, Kills
Girlfriend in 8th Murder of
2013 in City of Bradenton

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Terry A. Braddy, 47, of the 208 19th Street East, Bradenton.


Terry Braddy

A press release from BPD said on Sunday, November 3rd, at approximately 5:20 a.m., Bradenton police officers responded to 208 19th Street East to investigate a 911 call.

When officers arrived they located a Black female suffering from a gunshot wound to her abdomen and unresponsive.

She was identified as Linda Brown, 47, 208 19th Street East, Bradenton, Fl.

Ms. Brown was immediately taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced as deceased at 6:23 a.m.

Due to the circumstances, Bradenton Police Department Detective James Curulla, and members of the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit took over the investigation of this incident.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Brown had been shot by her live-in boy friend, Terry A. Braddy.

When he was interviewed, Braddy at first attempted to claim that someone else had shot Ms. Brown and that he had seen the unknown person flee the residence. However, when questioned further, Braddy said the couple had argued and "tusseled" over possession of a shotgun that was in the house and Ms. Brown was accidentally shot.

During the investigation, Braddy was taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with one count of Murder, Not Premeditated.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail.

NewsManatee has learned that the couple had recently separated.

Ms. Brown is survived by children and grandchildren.

This is the 8th Homicide that has occurred within the City of Bradenton during 2013.

This is the 12th homicide in Manatee County Overall in 2013. There have now been eight homicides in the City of Bradenton, 1 homicide in the City of Palmetto, and 3 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to contact Bradenton Police Detective James 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.


Man Arrested for Choking,
Shooting Girlfriend with
Pellet Gun, Torching
Her Clothes

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested David Wilson, 34, of 6904 26th Street West, Bradenton.


David Wilson

The arrest report said Wilson and his girlfriend have been in an intimate relationship since August of 2013.

On Thursday, Oct. 31st, they were returning from a casino in Tampa and began arguing.

During the argument, Wilson swerved across three lanes of traffic and began choking the woman to the point where she could not breathe. This occurred two more times before they got home, the report said.

When they arrived home, the argument escalated and Wilson got out a rifle style pellet gun that fires .177 caliber pellets. He began threatening to shoot the woman if she said another word.

Wilson then fired the pellet gun and hit the woman in the leg, causing a puncture wound in her shin.

The woman the began trying to collect her things to leave and Wilson grabbed hold of her and threw her into the wall in the bedroom.

The woman was eventually was able to call a friend to come get her.

She then had to call 911 after Wilson locked her out of the house, refusing to give her belongings to her.

Wilson then took a propane torch to the woman's clothing that was inside the house.

When law enforcement arrived, Wilson was in the process of fleeing the scene, but was quickly apprehended.

Wilson was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery by Strangulation, Domestic Intent Threat to do Violence and Criminal Mischief.

He later posted a bail bond in the amount of $35,120 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Deputies Arrest Man
Who Fled From Them

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Anthony Tobias Parks, 22, of Bradenton.


Anthony Parks

A sheriff's report said on Sunday, Nov. 3rd, at about 2 a.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 600 block of Kay Rd.

During the stop, a deputy was speaking with the passenger of the vehicle. The passenger identified himself as Toby T. Parks.

The deputy ran this name and dispatch advised of a possible warrant. The deputies were able to positively identify the subject as Anthony Tobias Parks, which matched the name on the warrant.

As the deputies went to arrest Parks, he fled on foot.

As Parks was going over a metal railing that separates the sidewalk and the Walmart parking lot, he stumbled and one of the deputies deployed Taser.

The probes missed Parks and he continued running across the parking lot with the deputies giving chase.

The deputy loaded a second cartridge and warned Parks that he would deploy his Taser again and Parks stopped running, laid down in a grass island and was taken into custody.

Parks had several cuts and abrasions on his feet and hands so EMS was called to treat Parks.

Parks was transported to the jail and charged with two VOP warrants for Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and a charge of Resisting Arrest without Violence.

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


Vehicle Pursuit Terminated
in Less Than One Minute


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a vehicle pursuit on Sunday, Nov. 3rd, at about 11:30 p.m., that began in the 5300 block of 9th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area where gunshots were just heard.

A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle but it fled.

Due to the circumstances, a pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed and the pursuit was terminated 44 seconds later.

No one was injured.


Sheriff's Motorcycle & Car Show
to Benefit Terminally Ill Kids
Successful, Report Says


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office held a motorcycle & car show outside the sheriff's headquarters on Saturday, Nov. 2nd.


Above, an oldie but a woody, featured at the show
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

According to a report from MSO, they had approximately 40 cars show up.

Manatee River Harley-Davidson came with their motorcycle simulator, and the Tampa Bay Rays' mascot Raymond was there to greet the fans.

Flowers Bakery provided free cupcake products.

They had probably 100-150 spectators who came.

They raised approximately $7,000 for MSO's Flight to the North Pole for terminally ill children this year, surpassing last year’s total of $5,602.

The sheriff's office thanked everyone who participated.


BPD Names Officer Adam Wollard
Officer of the Month for November


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has named Officer Adam Wollard Officer of the Month for November 2013.

On Monday, October 14th, the Sarasota Police Department contacted the Bradenton Police Department regarding an alleged felony that may have occurred within the City of Bradenton.

During the Sarasota Police Department's initial investigation, the victim of the crime became unresponsive, and had to be transported to Blake Hospital for medical evaluation. The victim did not provide law enforcement with his identity prior to the medical episode. Once at Blake Hospital, it was discovered that the individual had some distinctive tattoos, but had no personal identification.

Bradenton Police Officer Adam Wollard suggested that a photograph be taken of the victim, so he could show it to the citizens that reside in his District. Shortly thereafter, Officer Wollard had obtained the male's identity, and was able to contact the subject's mother who was then able to be with her son while he recovered in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Officer Wollard has an outstanding relationship with the citizens that he serves in District 1, and it proved to be invaluable again. Officer Wollard is continuously providing vital intelligence information to not only Bradenton Detectives, but also to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Based on Officer Wollard's commitment to providing dedicated police service to the citizens of the City of Bradenton, Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski named Officer Wollard the Bradenton Police Department's Officer of the Month for November 2013.


Sarasota Fugitive, a Bradenton
Resident, Captured in
Glades County


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit captured a man who has been on the run since May to avoid being arrested for a sex offense against a child.


Robert Hahn

Detectives obtained a warrant for Robert Hahn, 42, of last known address of 3918 115th Street Court West, in Bradenton, six months ago after the victim reported that Hahn repeatedly molested her when she was between nine and 11 years old.

The victim had submitted a paper to her school in Indiana about having the courage to push Hahn away when he came into her room at night and touched her.

Indiana officials interviewed her and forwarded the information to Sarasota County Sheriff’s detectives, since the crime occurred when the victim lived here.

Hahn fled when detectives contacted him in May and has been on the run ever since.

Deputies working with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located Hahn in Okeechobee Monday morning, Nov. 4th, and took him into custody.

He is charged with Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a Child Under 12 and is currently being held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.


Man Stabbed in Fight Over
Fishing Spot; Man Busted

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday at about 9 p.m., Sarasota Police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Siesta Drive in reference to a stabbing.


David Christner

When officers arrived, the victim was lying at the base of the bridge master’s building which is located in the middle of the Siesta Bridge.

The victim told officers he had an argument with the suspect about where he had parked his vehicle while he was fishing. The argument turned into a fight with both the suspect and the victim hitting each other. The suspect grabbed an ‘ice pick’ type weapon and stabbed the victim twice.

The victim was taken to Blake Medical Center via Bayflight helicopter for his injuries.

The suspect, David Christner, 58, of 2822 Olympic Street, Sarasota, was arrested and charged with Felony Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.


Man Tried to Lure Two
Girls Into Woods

PALM BAY, Florida [NMT/WKMG -- Palm Bay police are looking for a man who tried to lure two girls into the woods, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Carpenter Avenue Northwest near Americana and Jupiter boulevards.

Police said the girls – ages 2 and 4 – were playing in their back yard when a man wearing camouflage came out of the woods and told them his dog was sick and needed their help.

The girl’s mother spotted the man and ran outside, prompting the man to run away. The girls were not harmed.

A search failed to locate the man, who was described as about 6 feet tall and heavy-set, WKMG said.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Woman, 45, Arrested for DUI,
3 Counts of Child Neglect,
Possession of Marijuana

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Lori Lynn Powers, 45, of 919 49th Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.


Lori Lynn Powers

The arrest report stated on Thursday, Oct. 31st, at about 5:10 p.m., a witness observed a 1999 GMC SUV westbound on Cortez Road West driving in a reckless manner by swerving all over the roadway, endangering herself and other vehicles.

The driver, later identified as Powers, took a left hand turn onto 34th Street West and came to a stop in the parking lot behind Bank of America.

The witness followed Powers into the parking lot and contacted MSO about the incident.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, the witness observed Powers slumped over the wheel and unresponsive.

The witness removed the keys from the ignition and three children ran out of the vehicle screaming and crying that they did not want to die.

Upon arrival of a deputy, Powers was still slumped over the wheel and the deputy could smell the heavy odor of alcohol emanating from her. There were several open bottles of beer laying around the floor boards.

In a search incident to Powers' arrest, her purse contained a marijuana joint and a burned marijuana joint.

Another deputy responded to conduct a DUI investigation. He found that Powers had slurred speech, bloodshot and watery red and glassy eyes and had been vomiting.

Powers was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for evaluation and then to the Manatee County Jail.

The alcohol level on her breath was tested which resulted in readings of .203 and .217 (legal limit in Florida is .08). She read more than twice the legal limit.

Powers was charged with DUI, 3 counts of Child Neglect and Possession of Marijuana.

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

The report did not indicate the disposition of the three children.


Man Arrested for Battery on
Pregnant Daughter, Pulling
Handgun on Her Boyfriend


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael H. Stohler, 43, of 8307 29th Street East, Ellenton.


Michael Stohler

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Oct. 30th, at about 2 p.m., Stohler was angry with James Hobbs, his daughter's boyfriend, when he found out that Hobbs was living in a tent in a field behind their residence.

He was walking out to confront Hobbs and his daughter, Angela, tried to stop him.

This angered Stohler and he pushed Angela, who is about 2 months pregnant and pulled her hair in an attempt to get her out of his way.

After Stohler got around his daughter, he continued on to Hobbs.

Once he confronted Hobbs, he pulled a firearm out and pointed it at Hobbs and said, "I'm going to kill you, you piece of s _ _ t."

Hobbs was very frightened and took off running. Stohler chased him for a short distance but was unable to catch Hobbs.

Hobbs was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Domestic Battery/Should Have Known the Victim was Pregnant.

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


Woman Arrested for Theft
from Employer

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alexandra Christine Little, 24, of 3108 15th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Alexandra Little

The arrest report said Little worked for DD Discounts located at 3611 1st Street, Bradenton, as a cashier.

On multiple dates Little used the "item delete" function 31 times on her register to fail to charge a friend for merchandise.

The total amount stolen was $220.19.

The report said Little allegedly admitted to the thefts.

Little was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 31st, and charged with Petit Theft.

She later posted a bail bond of $120 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Two Women Busted for
Prostitution by U/C Cop


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dawn Mitchell Miller, 29, of the 2500 block of 25th Avenue West, Bradenton, and Elizabeth Jane Kovesky, 43, of the 1700 block of Zipperer Road, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Dawn Miller and Elizabeth Kovarsky

The arrest reports said on Wednesday, Oct. 30th, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 4:30 p.m., he came across Miller at an undisclosed location. He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Miller agreed to give the U/C detective oral sex for $20.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. During a search subsequent to her arrest, a crack pipe was found on her person. She was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,000.

Then, at about 5:30 p.m., the same U/C detective came across Kovarsky at an undisclosed location. He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Kovarsky agreed to give the U/C detective oral sex for $10.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. During a search subsequent to her arrest, a crack pipe was found on her person. She was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She later posted a bail bond of $620 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Sunoco Station Victim
of Armed Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery at the Sunoco gas station located at 5912 15th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said a Black male was inside the store selecting items and waited to be waited on.

When the Black male approached the counter, he told the clerk that he had a gun and he wanted money as he stood with his right hand in his pocket.

The gun was implied but not displayed.

The suspect fled the store with a hamburger, bottle of water and "a couple of dollars" taken from the clerk.

He was last seen westbound on 59th Ave E.

The robber was described as a Black male, 6'0" tall, 220 pound, 28-35 years old, and was last seen wearing a white tank top and blue 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.


Residential Burglary Reported
in East Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a residential burglary in the 3700 block of 80th Drive East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victims have been out of town for the past week.

When they returned home on Friday, Nov. 1st, they found a sliding glass door at the rear of the residence had been broken out and someone had been inside.

The unknown suspect(s) took an unknown amount of household items.

No suspects were located.

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.


DUI Saturation Patrol
Results from Sheriff


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, Nov. 1st from 7:30 p.m. until Saturday, Nov. 2nd, at 3 a.m., the MCSO Traffic Unit conducted a county-wide DUI Saturation Patrol.

The following is a brief synopsis of the results of the operation:

5 total arrests (3- DUI; 1-Other Misdemeanor; 1 Felony); 16 Citations (22-Unlawful Speed and 4-Other Traffic Violations), 9 Written Warnings, and 1 correction card for defective equipment.

Annually over 17,000 people are killed and another 305,000 people are injured as a result of impaired drivers. Studies show that the average DUI driver commits this violation 80 times per year (once every 4-5 nights). National averages show that an alcohol related fatality occurs every 30 minutes. Data revealed that these incidents cost society over $54 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, damages, and other expenditures - (source NHTSA).


Wells Fargo Bank Branch
Robbed on Saturday


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at noon on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, at Wells Fargo Bank, 1301 U.S. 41 Bypass South in Venice.


The suspect entered the bank wearing a mask and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

A customer pursued the suspect but was sprayed with mace.

The suspect fled in a red sedan that was driven by an unknown accomplice.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office at 861-5800 or Crime Stoppers at 366-TIPS.


Three Arrested in Narcotic
Search Warrant


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Port Charlotte woman, her son and his girlfriend were arrested Friday morning, Nov. 1st, when the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at her home.

Detectives arrived with the search warrant early Thursday morning. When they knocked at the door, Dora Linda Flick, 52, of 161 Avens Street in Port Charlotte, answered. They asked if anyone else was in the house and found her son, David Anthony Flick, 28, and his girlfriend, Samantha Jo Erwin, 20, in one of the bedrooms.

During the search, detectives located 14 hydrocodone pills and 1.3 grams of marijuana, along with various items of paraphernalia in Dora Flick’s bedroom. They located multiple containers of marijuana, multiple baggies of a pink rock substance suspected to be MDMA, Alprazolam pills, 929 pieces of suspected LSD, items with cocaine residue and various items of paraphernalia in the bedroom shared by David Flick and Samantha Erwin.

Dora Flick was charged with Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. At the time of this report, she was being booked into the Charlotte County Jail on $27,000 bond.

Samantha Erwin was charged with Trafficking in MDMA, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Alprazolam and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was being booked into the jail on a total $36,000 bond.

In connection with the items found during the search warrant, David Flick was also charged with Trafficking in MDMA, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Alprazolam and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

David Flick also faces additional charges as a result of undercover drug buys that were conducted between September 23 and October 22. During those transactions, he is alleged to have sold MDMA on two occasions, marijuana in a third instance and LSD in a fourth sale. He was being booked on additional charges of two counts of Trafficking in MDMA, Sale of MDMA, Possession of MDMA, Sale of Marijuana, Possession of less than 20 grams of Marijuana, Sale of LSD, Trafficking in LSD and found counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on a total $136,000 bond.


ALERT: Task Force Says 40%
of Car Thieves Used Hidden
Spares after 2 Arrested

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported two men were arrested for using hidden spare keys to steal cars last week in Seminole County, deputies said.

Officers said that Calaisi Gomes, 18, and a 17-year-old partner were charged with grand theft after stealing two cars in the Altamonte Springs and Apopka areas.

Deputies discovered one of the stolen cars in a parking lot with a wallet containing one of the suspect's identification inside.

Spare keys kept inside of vehicles resulted in 40 percent of stolen cars last year, according to the City-County Auto Theft Task Force. They say leaving a spare key inside of a vehicle is an open invitation to car thieves and should never be done, WKMG said.

 

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