This website contains archived material from NewsManatee.com which is supported through private funding, supporter donations and advertising. If you are looking for the latest news in Manatee County Florida visit Newsmanatee.com or perform an archive search at Newsmanateearchive.com. NOTE: Archiving did not begin until March 14, 2008. If you are seeking articles published prior to this date, you will need to contact us directly.

Review archived pages by date OR Text search of archived pages


Local/State News for week ending 7/25/2009

Child Protection Detectives:
Mother Arrested for Punching
Boy, 8, and Girl, 1 Year Old

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Child Protection Investigators have arrested Amber Lea Moench, 27, of the 5700 block of 7th Street East, Bradenton.


Amber Lea Moench

According to the arrest report, on or about July 15, 2009, an allegation of child abuse was called in to the Florida Abuse Registry, alleging that a one-year-old girl had the mark of a hand print on her left ear area.

Manatee County Child Protection Services investigators were notified.

Investigator Bunch said that when she spoke with [the girl's] eight-year-old brother, he said that his mother, Amber Moench, punches him and his sister in the head.

The girl did have a red mark with bruising on the left side of her head and ear which appeared to Det. Bunch to be consistent with being smacked with a hand. Det. Bunch also observed the girls arms to have red marks on them.

The girl and her 8-year-old brother were seen by the Child Protection Team Doctor, who said that the injury on the little girl's face and ear area is consistent with her being smacked in the face by a hand and was an indicator of physical child abuse. The doctor further stated that the injuries on the little girl's arms are not consistent with cat scratches as previously reported by Amber Moench, but are consistent with grab marks caused by a person squeezing the arm with a hand. Those injuries were also consistent with physical child abuse, the doctor said, according to the arrest report.

In an interview with detectives, Amber Moench at first denied hurting either of her children and said she must have fallen.

Moench finally did admit that last week, the day before her babysitter brought the injuries to her attention, she smacked the little girl across her face.

Moench explained that she was frustrated because she is a single mom with no help and she had just finished mopping the kitchen floor and the little girl was eating yogurt and had flung it all over the floor, so she smacked the little girl too hard.

Moench was arrested on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, and charged with Child Abuse.

As of Thursday, she remained in the Manatee County Jail on a $1,500 bail bond.

The report did not state the disposition of the two children.


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for School Bus Arson, More

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Eric Charles Jodoin, 24, of 1621 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, is being held in the Manatee County Jail on a $10,000 bail bond after he admitted setting fire to a St. Stephens School bus and throwing rocks through the Smoothie King restaurant windows, according to the arrest report.


Eric Charles Jodoin

The arrest report said on June 24, 2009, a school bus at St. Stephens, 315 41st Street West, Bradenton, was set on fire. The Bradenton Fire Department determined that the fire was an arson.

At about 10 p.m. the same day, the Smoothie King restaurant, located at 3816 Manaete Avenue West, Bradenton, was vandalized by someone throwing rocks at their windows.

Both Smoothie King and St. Stephens had surveillance videos, which showed the same subject committing both crimes.

As the investigation continued, Eric Jodoin was located, who had an appearance similar to the video suspect, based on physical resemblance and tattoos.

On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, Jodoin was brought to the Bradenton Police Department to be interviewed. He agreed to talk to a detective.

He admitted to setting the fire in the school bus by lighting a trash can with his lighter. He also admitted to throwing the rocks and breaking Smoothie King's windows, the report said.

Jodoin told Detective James Curulla he committed these crimes because he was under the influence of alcohol and was angry because of a past argument with his girlfriend.

The owner of Smoothie King said the damage to the windows was valued at $5,000. St. Stephens said the damage to the school bus was about $500.

Jodoin was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Arson and Felony Criminal Mischief.


Two Men Arrested for
Burglary, Grand Theft

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Nestor Emmanuel Polanco, 27, of 1408 20th Avenue East and Keith Lamar Price, 20, of 1428 22nd Avenue East, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Nestor Polanco and Keith Price

According to the arrest reports, on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at about 2 p.m., both men forcefully entered Maria Perez's home in the 2100 block of 15th Street East, without her permission. They smashed a window on the back door with a hammer, the report said.

While inside the house, a purse was found and they went through it, leaving the purse by the door. Also, a wallet was found on the ground, outside the door.

The men took 2 Playstation 2 consoles with 2 controllers, a laptop computer, wireless headphones and an MP3 player and charger.

A witness called police and said the two men had left the house carrying a large black garbage bag.

The two men fled the scene before the arrival of deputies.

They were found a few minutes later sitting in front of Polanco's residence, a couple of blocks away from the woman's home.

The items listed above were found in a big white cooler that Price was sitting on when he was contacted.

The black garbage bag was sitting on a table top next to the two men.

Price was found in possession of a pair of cloth gloves.

They were both arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling, Grand Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Mischief and Trespassing.

Nestor Polanco posted a $12,000 bail bond and was released from jail.

Keith Price remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $12,500.


Palmetto Man Tasered, Arrested
on Cocaine Charges, Resisting

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Anthony L. King, 44, of 2612 6th Ave. E., Palmetto, after a foot pursuit and use of a Taser.


Anthony L. King

The sheriff's office report of the incident said on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at about 6 p.m., Anthony L. King was observed driving a motor scooter at the 600 block of 26th Ave. E. Palmetto.

Deputy Quiles attempted to stop King, as he knew King had a suspended license. King fled, refusing to stop.

Upon finally stopping at his house less than a block away, King fled on foot. Deputies pursued.

King attempted to jump a fence in a yard at 2615 6th Ave. E., but couldn't make it over the fence. Deputies caught up to him, took him to the ground and attempted to handcuff him.

King resisted the deputies efforts, so as a result deputies were forced to deploy a Taser on his back and gained compliance enough to handcuff him.

Cocaine in the amount of 2.9 grams was recovered from King and he had approximately $1,400.00 in cash on him.

The cash and cocaine were seized and placed into property and evidence.

King was charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Driving While License Suspended, with Knowledge, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

King was transported to the Manatee County Jail without further incident.


Bradenton To Award Two Police
Officers with Medals of Valor

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department plans to honor two of its officers with Medals of Valor, according to City of Bradenton Public Information Officer Tim McCann.

Sgt. Curtis Johnson and Officer David Durrance will each receive a medal – the department’s second-highest honor – for their role in subduing an armed suspect who pointed a gun at them.

The suspect, Charles T. Kincaid of Sebring, was charged with Aggravated Assault on a law Enforcement Officer and Attempted Armed Robbery after he tried to enter a bank on Manatee Avenue West on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2.

After failing to enter the bank, the suspect attempted to flee but was stopped by the two Bradenton police officers. After the suspect pointed his gun at Sgt. Johnson, Officer Durrance subdued him with a gunshot to the abdomen. The suspect was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

"If not for the courageous actions of Sgt. Johnson and Officer Durrance, Mr. Kincaid would have attempted to shoot any officer that may have tried to prevent his attempt to flee the area," Deputy Chief J.J. Lewis wrote. "It is without a doubt that the quick actions of Officer David Durrance saved Sgt. Johnson from death or serious harm at the hands of Mr. Kincaid."

It was later determined that the weapon the suspect had pointed at police was a semi-automatic .380 caliber handgun that was fully loaded.

The two police officers will receive the Medals of Valor during the Bradenton City Council meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12. The meeting is open to the public. The City Hall Council Chambers are located at 101 Old Main Street.


Sarasota Sheriff Seeks Man
Wanted for Armed Burglary

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Paul Alan Holder, 43, (DOB 12/16/1965), described as being 6’ tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.


Paul Alan Holder

Holder is wanted for Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and other Burglaries that occurred between July 7th and July 11th in Venice, Nokomis, and Sarasota.

Holder should be considered armed and dangerous, as the firearm has not been recovered.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-1719 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


Charlotte County BOLO Results
in Arrest of Female Fugitive

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad met with a bail bondsman Wednesday afternoon, July 22, 2009, in Nokomis after he got a tip on where 40-year-old Kelly Lynn Couchman could be found.


Kelly Lynn Couchman

Last Friday, the CCSO issued a BOLO for Couchman, after she fled the area and was wanted on charges of Burglary and Grand Theft of an apartment at 404-A Somerset Road, Punta Gorda. Couchman lived in apartment B at that same location; detectives said the warrant was for stealing electronics, clothing and currency valued at $2,000.

CCSO Warrant Squad, Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies, and a Billy Damato Bail Bondsman went to the Nokomis home at 131 Avenida DeBahia and located Couchman. She was transported back to the Charlotte County Jail; she is being held on no bond.

Detectives said once her charges are settled in our county, she will be transported to Lee County to face charges there. When all charges are completed here in Florida, Couchman will then be extradited to a New Jersey state prison to serve a three year prison term.


Meth Lab Found At Hotel;
2 Arrested

CLERMONT, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a man and woman were arrested early Thursday morning after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at a Clermont hotel, deputies said.

Joseph Brent Wilson and Monica Anderson, who claims she is pregnant, were arrested after deputies found the meth lab at the Palace Hotel on U.S. Highway 27 near the Florida Turnpike in Clermont. The couple likely face drug, burglary and other charges.

Investigators said they originally pulled the couple over and found meth-making materials in their vehicle. After questioning the couple, deputies said they discovered there was a meth lab at the hotel.

Lake County sheriff's deputies said the meth lab was in two adjoining rooms, including one for which the couple did not pay.

According to investigators, the chemical smell in the rooms was so thick that hazmat crews had to use a giant fan to clear the air before they could go inside. Wilson and Anderson also had to be scrubbed down and decontaminated before they were questioned and arrested, deputies said.

Deputies removed dozens of pieces of evidence, including chemicals and equipment associated with the making of methamphetamines, WKMG said.


 

~ THURSDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Body Found Burned, Mutilated
Near SRQ Airport Identified;
No Arrests Have Been Made

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burned body was found near the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport Wednesday morning. That body has since been identified.

He was Roy Barnes, Jr., 35, of Sarasota, a Black male.

According to Sarasota County court records, Barnes had been arrested several times, mostly for Possession of Marijuana, but also for Sale of Marijuana, Dealing in Stolen Property and Larceny. There were no court records for Barnes in Manatee County.

A press release from the sheriff's office said at approximately 5:30 Wednesday morning, a person driving in the 7900 block of N. Tamiami Trail (near the Sarasota Bradenton Airport) noticed an orange glow to the east of the road.

That person, who has not been identified, realized it was a fire and called 911 to report it.

The Cedar Hammock Fire Department responded and put out the fire.

Firefighters discovered it was a body that was on fire and deputies responded to the scene.

Detectives are treating the case as a homicide and further details will be released as they become available, the press release said.

Earlier Wednesday, Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office told NewsManatee, "We believe the body is that of a Black male." It was burned beyond recognition; fingerprints were taken for identification.

A NewsManatee source told us that the body had been "mutilated, sliced up." Bristow would not confirm that. Another source said the body had been dismembered.

Several hours later, detectives went to the 3400 block of Lalani Blvd., in Sarasota, and seized a blue pickup truck.

The owner of the pickup truck, a woman, was taken into custody for questioning. She has not yet been identified.

The Medical Examiner's Office was to conduct an autopsy to determine exact cause and manner of death.

This would be the 22nd murder in Manatee County overall this year. Previously, there were 17 murders in unincorporated Manatee County and 4 in the City of Bradenton.

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, .

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


Deputies Arrest Man Who Showed
Porn Flick to Juvenile at Wal-Mart;
Detectives Seek Other Victims

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is seeking other possible victims of a man they say showed a pornographic film on his I-Pod to an unnamed juvenile girl, no age or race given, while at the Wal-Mart store located at 2911 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at about 3:30 p.m.


Mehdi Mdalla

On the above date and time, Medhi Mdalla, 33, of 6630 Green Oaks Circle, Bradenton, was observed by Wal-Mart security staff approaching a juvenile female several times while holding an I-Pod in his hand that was clearly playing a pornographic film.

According to the arrest report, the film showed a man masturbating.

Mdalla attempted several times to show the film to the juvenile who was standing in the electronics department playing a video game.

Mdalla appeared to be clearly targeting the juvenile by returning to her several times.

At one point, Mdalla dropped a box of condoms at her feet and she picked them up for him.

However, the juvenile seemed to give little notice of Mdalla's obvious advances and returned to her mother uninjured.

Mdalla was arrested and brought to the offices of sheriff's detectives for a formal interview.

Post Miranda, Mdalla admitted that he was playing a pornographic movie on his I-Pod during the time in question, but denied attempting to show the juvenile the film.

Mdalla was charged with Introduction of Pornography to a Minor.

He has since posted a $1,000 bail bond and has been released from the Manatee County Jail.

The report from the sheriff's office said, "There is an obvious possibility that this suspect has attempted or committed this lewd behavior in the past."

Anyone with information on any additional incidence of this nature regarding this suspect should 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, .

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


Bradenton Police Arrest
Young Man for Incest
of Sister, Lewd Acts

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Richard Sconyers, 19, of the 1900 block of 5th Street West, in Bradenton.


Richard Sconyers

According to the arrest report, Sconyers told detectives that in March of 2007, he had sexual intercourse with his sister. He was about 16 years old then and his sister was about 14 years old.

On or about July 17-18th, 2009, Sconyers said his sister was asleep on the floor in his bedroom. While she was asleep on her back, he fondled her breasts with his hand, on the outside of her clothes. When she began to wake, he stopped, he said. When she went back to sleep, he fondled her buttocks on the outside of her clothing. She began to wake up and he immediately stopped, Sconyers told detectives.

In an interview with detectives, the girl said in the first incident she woke up and Sconyers was having intercourse with her. She told him to stop, but he continued, she said.

Then she recently moved back in. Since then, the girl told detectives that her brother had fondled her about four times. She said it was on the outside of her clothing and he fondled her breast, vagina and buttocks. She said she tried to get him to stop, but he continued to touch her.

Sconyers was arrested and charged with one count of Incest (on a victim under 12) and one count of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation (on a victim 12-15 years of age).

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


Man Fleeing From Cops
With Gun Arrested on
Multiple Charges

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jeremy Dillard, 22, for an incident that occurred on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at about 10:30 p.m.


Jermill Dillard

A press release from the Bradenton Police Department said while on patrol in the 900 block of 15th Street East, Officer Chris Roden attempted to stop a car driven by a person later identified as Jermill Dillard for a violation of the excessive noise law. Mr. Dillard refused to stop his car and fled, driving away from Officer Roden.

Mr. Dillard lost control of his car as he attempted to turn north on 1st. Street East at Manatee Avenue. His car collided with another vehicle at that point, causing injuries that were not life-threatening to the passengers of the car he hit.

Another officer, Timothy Gunst, was in the area to assist Officer Roden, witnessed Mr. Dillard crash his car and begin to flee the scene of the crash. Mr. Dillard was observed to be holding a handgun as he fled.

Officer Gunst began to chase Mr. Dillard across the highway. As he did so he was struck by a car traveling past the scene. Officer Gunst’s knee was slightly injured; however, he continued the foot chase of Mr. Dillard.

Mr. Dillard then ran into the loading dock area of the Bradenton Herald building where he hid the gun, which was later located by officers. As he attempted to continue to flee the area, he was apprehended by officer Gunst and Roden as he ran in the 200 block of 3rd Avenue West.

Dillard was subsequently charged with:

Burglary (for the invasion of the Bradenton Herald building dock area), Possession of A Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Music Too loud, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Operating a Motor Vehicle in Commission of a Felony, Fleeing to Elude Willful /Wanton Disregard, Reckless Driving Involving Injury, Failure to Use Designated Lane, Failure to Provide Insurance, Hit and Run w/ injury involved, Failure to Display Registration, Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device (speed limit sign), and Failure to Exhibit Drivers License.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $23,820.


Man Arrested for Threatening
To Kill Roommate

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Simpson, 46, of 1623 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.


James Simpson

The arrest report said on Monday, July 20, 2009, at about 9:45 p.m., Simpson got into an argument with his roommate, Walter Lawrence.

Simpson is the father of Walter's girlfriend, the report said.

Walter's girlfriend showed up at the residence to get her kids and Walter and Simpson got into an argument.

Walter then left and went to a friend's house and Simpson showed up at the friend's residence and started an argument with Walter. Simpson was asked to leave and he did.

Walter gave Simpson about 10 minutes to cool off before he went back to his residence. When Walter walked into the residence, Simpson yelled at him to get out of the house or he was going to kill him, the report stated.

At the time of that statement, Simpson was holding a white-handled butcher knife in an overhand stabbing position, according to the report.

Walter said that he was scared and ran from the house to call the police.

Simpson told arriving deputies that at no time was he armed with any type of weapon.

However, once Simpson was taken into custody, he made multiple statements that he was going to kill Walter or have him killed.

Simpson also said that he had "shot a person in the past and also killed a few in his time."


Deputy Injured in Traffic Crash;
Other Driver Cited

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a traffic crash between a deputy and a citizen on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at about 7:30 p.m. on 61st Street at U.S. 41 North, in Palmetto.

The report said Deputy Stuteville was traveling about 60 MPH, northbound on US 41 approaching 61st Street east, Palmetto.

Mr. Jace-Devin Smith, of 804 Coconut Grove Circle, Palmetto, violated Deputy Stuteville's right-of-way by traveling eastbound across US 41, on Palmview Road, without yielding to US 41 traffic, the report said.

Deputy Stuteville was unable to avoid striking the passenger front of Mr. Smiths F-250 with the driver’s front of his patrol car.

Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.

Mr. Smith and his 3 passengers were uninjured.

Deputy Stuteville had minor injuries.

There were two witnesses to the crash.

Sgt. Will Kelley issued Mr. Smith a Uniform Traffic Citation for violation of right of way.


Sarasota County Sheriff Seeks
Man on Warrant for Shooting

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has obtained an arrest warrant for Richard J. Clement II, 24, who is described as being 6’4” tall, 220 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a last known address 3004 W. Tamiami Circle #2, Sarasota, in connection with a shooting that occurred Sunday, July 12, 2009.


Richard J. Clement II

Clement is wanted for Robbery with a Firearm, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm while having an Injunction, for an incident at 300 Heron’s Run Drive, Sarasota.

Clement should be considered armed and dangerous.

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


Sarasota Sheriff's Office Arrests
Wanted Man

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Frank Steven Meyer, Jr., 19, who was wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling.


Frank Steven Meyer, Jr.

He was taken into custody Wednesday morning, July 22, 2009, without incident at a residence in the 2800 block of Jamaica St., Sarasota.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 15, 2009, in the 3300 block of Webber St., Sarasota.

Details of that incident provided by SSO said that Meyer had helped the victim move into her house and later burglarized it.

Meyer fired at the woman outside her house on July 22nd, but she wasn't hit; only her house suffered two gunshots.


Sarasota Sheriff Arrests Man
Wanted for Murder

SARASOTA, COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s office has arrested Turrell Lamar Allen, 27, for the shooting murder of Clyde Newell, 21.


Turrell Lamar Allen

The shooting took place outside a home on 24th St., Sarasota, Monday, July 20, 2009.

Allen surrendered to Sheriff’s Office detectives at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, July 22, 2009.


Stolen Motorcycles Found At
Home of Drug Dealer
After Sheriff's Raid

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit raided two East Englewood homes Tuesday afternoon, July 21, 2009, made two arrests, and found several stolen motorcycles in one of the homes.


Above, L to R, Jason Straub and Kevin Wayne Wright

Detectives hit both homes at the same time -- around 4 p.m. A search warrant was served at the home of Jason S. Straub, 26, at 11101 Jacqueline Ave. A search found a plastic baggie with 24.5 grams of Marijuana, five baggies with 17 grams of Methamphetamines, five Marinol pills, a baggie of Heroin, four pipes with residue, two bongs, three digital scales, rolling papers, three torches, a screen, a marijuana grinder, three torches, and numerous empty drug baggies.

During the search of Straub’s home, detectives discovered several motorcycles in the garage. A search warrant was obtained and one of the cycles was stolen here in Charlotte County. Two cycles had VIN numbers altered. All of the motorcycles were taken into evidence and processing. CID continues that investigation and Straub may face more charges.

The other home raided was at 12430 Gulfstream Blvd. at the home of 33-year-old Kevin Wayne Wright. A search warrant was issued after Narcotics undercover detectives bought a baggie of Methamphetamines from Wright at his home on June 24. In Tuesday’s raid, detectives found 30 Dilaudid pills, four spoons with Methamphetamine residue, a glass pipe, a push rod, numerous plastic baggies, two straws and a digital scale.

Straub was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamines, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, Possession of Marinol and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Wright was charged with Sale and Delivery of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of Methamphetamines, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both were transported to the Charlotte County Jail and remain on no bond at this time.

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).


Possible H1N1 Outbreak Hits
Kids' Summer Camp

ROCKLEDGE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Several children at a Rockledge summer camp were sent home earlier this week for suspected cases of swine flu, as an outbreak of the flu strain continued to spread in Brevard County, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

“We did not send all the kids home, but there will be a lot more hand washing going on,” said Barry Inman, an epidemiologist with the Brevard County Health Department.

Parents were told to keep their sick children home for at least a week, Inman said, and all of the symptomatic children were put on Tamiflu, an antiviral medication that works only if given within the first few days of flu onset. Symptoms include high fevers, joint aches, coughing, diarrhea and vomiting.

“It’s an outbreak everywhere and has been since May,” Inman said. “There are probably hundreds if not thousands of (unreported) cases out there."

The name of the camp was not released by health department officials, WKMG said.

 

 

~ WEDNESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Manatee Deputy Arrests Man
for Domestic Battery; Records
Show Man Has Very Spotted Past

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jonathan R. Manley, 62, of 3616 9th Street East, Bradenton.


Jonathan R. Manley

According to the arrest report, Manley and a woman named in the report only as "Kena" are boyfriend and girlfriend. They both reside together and are engaged to be married.

On Sunday, July 19, 2009, at about 8 p.m., Manley and "Kena" had a verbal argument.

Because Kena was intoxicated, the argument turned physical when Manley pushed Kena, causing her to fall on a green table and chair located in the front of the house, the report said.

Kena's 9-year-old son witnessed the incident, but Kena told him not to say anything or fill out an affidavit.

Kena denied the incident to deputies. However, a deputy observed a laceration on the back of her right knee. Kena said that she fell on a stick in the yard.

The deputy observed a green table and chair knocked over outside the front of the house and took pictures of Kena's injuries.

Kena refused to fill out an affidavit and declined EMS.

Manley was arrested without incident and transported to the Manatee County Jail. He was charged with Domestic Battery.

Post-Miranda, Manley said he understood his rights but didn't wish to speak with the deputy without an attorney present.

The deputy searched Manley and found a knife in his pocket.

The deputy confirmed that Manley was a convicted felon who had been arrested in March of 2004 for Violation of Probation, and in November of 1991 for Possession of Weapons, 2 counts of Robbery, 2 counts of Larceny and Making Bomb Threats, according to the report.

According to Manatee County court records, Manley was also arrested in January of 2004 twice for Sexual Battery. However, after a lengthy period of time in court, during which many motions were filed, and even after testimony from Manatee County Sheriff's Detective Bill Waldron, the state decided not to prosecute Manley on either of those two charges.

On a petition from Manley's attorney, the judge in the Sexual Battery cases ordered all criminal evidence destroyed.

The New York Dept. of Corrections website said Manley was convicted of 1st Degree Sodomy in 1982. Manley served 3 years in prison for that crime and was paroled in 1985.

On this latest Domestic Battery charge, Manley was released from jail on his own recognizance.


RERUN At Sheriff's Request:
Bank Robbery Reported
in West Manatee County;
2nd Time, Same Bank for
Robber, Cops Say

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has requested we rerun the information and photos of a man who robbed a Manatee County Fifth Third Bank branch twice. Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, is hoping the information and photos will generate some new and useful tips.


Above, L to R, surveillance photo of Friday's robber and
surveillance photo of robber in April 28th bank robbery

As NewsManatee earlier reported, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said the Fifth Third Bank, located at 5305 26th Street West, Bradenton, was robbed at about 10:50 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009. Detectives suspect the same man robbed the same bank on April 28th.

The report said a White male entered the bank and approached a teller. The man displayed a black revolver and demanded cash from the teller.

He was given an unknown amount of cash which he placed into a white paper bag.

The robber then fled the bank, leaving in a white full size van.

No injuries occurred and the teller was uncertain if a dye pack was placed with the stolen cash.

The robber was only further described in the report as wearing a gray polo shirt and a red and black baseball hat.

The man in the April 28th robbery also displayed a handgun, but he left the scene in a green pickup truck driven by a woman.

This was the 16th bank robbery this year in Manatee County.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Det. Levita at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, (941) 747-3011, ext. 2555, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

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


Woman Charged After Attacking
Mother, Grandson with Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Veronica Jean Bolyard, 25, of the 1200 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Veronica Jean Bolyard

On Sunday, July 19, 2009, shortly before 1 p.m., Bolyard and her mother, Cynthia Harris, got into a physical fight in the front yard, according to a report from the sheriff's office.

Veronica grabbed her mother's hair and hit her; her mother defended herself and fought back.

Veronica got into a car she had rented from AAA Auto Sales and began to back up out of the driveway. As the car got to the street, Veronica put the car back in drive and accelerated into a van that was parked in the driveway. The van was pushed forward approximately 6 feet and hit her mother while her mother was sitting in a chair between the van and the front door.

When Veronica's vehicle struck the van, the van also pushed a high chair up against the door of the duplex. The high chair contained Cynthia's grandson.

Both the mother and the grandson were checked out by EMS at the scene and were not transported. But Cynthia had marks on her knees from where the van struck her.

There was approximately $1500 in damage to the van and $3500 damage to the rental car.

When a deputy arrived, Veronica was crying a lot and he asked if she was okay. Veronica responded, "I'll be honest with you, I did it on purpose."

Veronica was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, two counts of Felony Criminal Mischief and one count of Domestic Battery. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for Child Neglect. Her three children, ages 3, 5 and 6, were found on April 30th playing unsupervised in a water-filled ditch in the 800 block of U.S. 301 Blvd.

Bolyard remains in the Manatee County Jail, in lieu of a $43,000 bail bond.


Bike Rider Flees Cops; Busted
for Burglary, Resisting, More

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Claude McCobb, 27, of 1431 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Claude McCobb

The arrest report from BPD said on Monday, July 20, 2009, at about 2 a.m., a Bradenton Police Officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on McCobb for riding on the wrong side of the roadway, as well as not having a front or rear flasher on his bicycle.

McCobb fled into the rear entrance to the Florida Bound motel, but another officer spotted him. When McCobb saw the 2nd officer he turned and fled again.

A small purple cigar container near where McCobb had been standing was found. The officer asked McCobb if it was his and McCobb responded, "What are you talking about?" When the officer attempted to ask McCobb a second time about the cigar container, McCobb fled again.

A Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit was called in to track McCobb. He was located a short time later by the K-9 unit in the rear screened-in porch at 1806 11th Street West.

McCobb refused to sign for or give his fingerprint for the three traffic citations.

He initially gave officers an ID, which belonged to someone else.

The purple cigar container held three pieces of crack cocaine, the report said. A charge of Possession of Cocaine is pending against McCobb.

McCobb was charged with Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling, 3 counts of Refusal to Sign Citation, Resisting Arrest without Violence, and Criminal Use of Personal Identification.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $12,500.


Bradenton Police Arrest Two
Men for Theft of Bike Parts
From Salvation Army

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jesus Antonio, 19, and Fabian Lopez-Fidel, 25, both with unknown addresses.


Above, L to R, Jesus Antonio and Fabian Lopez-Fidel

The arrest report from BPD said on Monday, July 20, 2009, at about 6 p.m., an employee of the Salvation Army, 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton, and a witness observed the two men removing bicycle parts from inside a fenced-in area that holds all the bicycles.

When the employee and the witness exited the building, they saw the two men loading the bike parts into an older model green Ford Explorer.

When they knew they had been spotted, one of the men unloaded some tires, rims and a bike frame out of the SUV, but some parts remained inside the Explorer.

The two men were detained until officers arrived on scene.

They were both arrested and charged with Burglary. One of the men, Jesus Antonio, was also charged with Possession of Burglary Tools after an officer found a multi-purpose tool in his left front pocket.

Both men remain in the Manatee County Jail on bonds of $10,000. Antonio has an additional bond amount of $750 for the burglary tool.


Sarasota Sheriff's Office Seeks
Lakewood Ranch Resident;
Say He's Murder Suspect

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred around 6:45 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009, outside a residence in the 2500 block of 24th St., Sarasota.


Turrell Lamar Allen

Deputies arrived on scene to find Clyde Newell, 21, a Black male, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Newell was transported to Bayfront Medical Center but died from his injuries.

Detectives are searching for Turrell Lamar Allen (pictured above), 27, in connection with the incident. Allen is described as 6’7” tall, 310 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Witnesses say they observed Allen shoot the victim during an argument.

Allen was last seen running from the crime scene armed with an unknown caliber handgun.

Detectives have recovered the weapon they believe was used in the homicide.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Turrell Lamar Allen, whose last known address is 6226 Blue Runner Court, Lakewood Ranch, for the murder of Clyde Newell.

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


Sarasota Sheriff Makes 2nd Arrest
In Attempted Murder Incident

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in a shooting and robbery that occurred Monday, June 13, 2009, at 2535 Colson Ave., Sarasota.


Yancy Steen

Yancy Steen (pictured above), 22, was taken into custody Tuesday morning, July 21, 2009, on a warrant for Attempted Felony Murder and Principal to Robbery with a Firearm.

He was arrested without incident with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Tampa.

NewsManatee reported on Monday that the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office had arrested Ladarius D. Standifer, 19, of last known address 3200 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, for Principal to Attempted Felony Murder and Robbery with a Firearm for the Monday shooting.

Detectives say Standifer was one of two men who robbed Christopher Geraci, 39, a White male, 4655 Oak Hill Dr., Sarasota, at gunpoint around 6:30 a.m. outside a home on Colson Ave., Sarasota.

The other man was Yancy Steen, detectives say, who allegedly shot Geraci as he drove away.


SPD Detectives Seek
Shooting Suspect

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives from the Sarasota Police Department are looking for a man they say fired several shots at a man.

On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at approximately 1:30 a.m., officers were in the area of 29th St. and Leon Ave. when they came in contact with an individual who had been shot several times. Officers interviewed the victim, Damon Dipina.

It was determined Dipina had been at the home of his girlfriend, 2548 Janie Poe Drive. While there, he observed his girlfriend in an argument with her ex-boyfriend who was armed with a handgun.

Dipina told officers the subject became upset and fired the weapon multiple times at Dipina.

Dipina fled on foot. The subject fired more shots as Dipina fled the area.

Dipina was transported to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment.

The perpetrator has been identified as Daryll S. Lee, 18, a Black male. Lee’s last known address is in the 3200 block of Nature Circle, Sarasota. He was last seen in a silver Nissan. Witnesses were unable to supply SPD with the vehicles tag number.

If anyone has information in this case please call Sarasota Police Detective Todd at 954-7052.


Third Suspect In FWC Officer
Shooting Held; Two Others
Already in Custody

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a Brevard County judge set bond Monday at $50,000 for a man accused by police of helping the main suspect in the shooting of a wildlife officer by providing transportation and clothing to him while he was on the run from authorities.

Floyd Johnson, address unknown, is facing charges of accessory after the fact in connection with last week's Wednesday night shooting.

Police say Johnson assisted Christopher Eddy, who is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer in connection with the shooting of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Vann Streety in Canaveral Groves.

Eddy was arrested following a nearly two-day manhunt that ended in Melbourne Beach late Friday when he attempted to steal a vehicle, police said. He has pleaded not guilty.

Brevard County Judge Kelly McKibben appointed an attorney for Johnson, whose address is unknown, during an initial appearance at the Brevard County Detention Center.

Eddy's girlfriend, Tammie Temple, of Melbourne, is charged with acting as an accessory after the fact, accused of providing him a ride from the crime scene.

Streety is recovering from gunshot wounds to the hip, wrist and shoulder. He is expected to be released from the hospital later this week, WKMG said.

 

 

~ TUESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Armed Home Invasion Not What
It Seemed; Two Arrested Over
Drug Money Theft Plot

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- When the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received a phone call about an armed home invasion, deputies were dispatched. They were given a phony story, which, after investigation, turned out to be a drug money theft plot which detectives foiled.


Above, L to R, Jeremy Reiter and William Council

According to the original report of the home invasion, the perpetrator entered the residence at 1816 Bayshore Gardens Parkway on Monday, July 20, 2009, shortly after midnight, through an unlocked front door. Once inside, he confronted residents Tara Webber, 39, and Alice Thompson, 26, racking and pointing a shotgun at them. The invader allegedly demanded money. As the victims began to comply, Thompson allegedly grabbed a frying pan and went after the invader. The invader then allegedly turned and fled the residence in an unknown direction without taking any property. K-9 responded and a track was conducted with negative results. The on-call CID Supervisor was notified, the Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) responded and took over the investigation.

None of the victims were injured during the incident.

However, detectives began conducting interviews with all parties that were present and found the original report was false.

After comparing statements, it became apparent that some of the victims were lying about the incident.

It was learned that all parties are involved in prescription narcotic abuse as well as the sale of said pills. It was also learned that all parties were withholding the fact that there was another victim, William Council, 28, who had been present at the time of the crime, but fled due to an outstanding warrant.

Council was located and arrested several residences away on a Violation of Probation warrant from Sarasota County.

The investigation revealed that the residents at the house knew Council had recently sold a large number of Oxycodone pills and should have money from the transaction.

Coincidentally, the invader entered the residence immediately after Webber opened the door and confronted Council and Thompson. He gave loud orders to both Council and Thompson, but used "please and thank-you" when speaking to Webber as he directed her to empty the victims’ pockets.

While this was occurring, Council attacked the invader and went after him with the frying pan and Webber pulled him off. During this time, the invader managed to escape.

Another resident, Danielle Roddy, 23, was later seen meeting with a subject matching the description of the invader.

Detectives arrested Jeremy Reiter, 24, who was identified as the invader from the robbery. He was charged with Attempted Home Invasion Robbery. Reiter was in possession on Oxycodone and was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with other charges pending.

Reiter remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

The investigation continues.


Man, 30, Arrested for Child Abuse
After Fighting with Girlfriend's
Son, 17, Breaking Broom Over
Boy's Back

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rocky A. Morales, 30, of the 4700 block of Mineola Street, Bradenton, Florida.


Rocky A. Morales

According to the arrest report, on Friday, July 17, 2009, at about 4 p.m., Morales got into a verbal dispute with the 17-year-old son of his girlfriend, Charlotte Skilton. All three live in the same house.

The argument turned physical when Morales grabbed the boy in a bear hug and slammed the boy against a wall. The two began to wrestle, but stopped when the boy went into his room.

Shortly afterward, Charlotte arrived home and Morales and the boy began to argue again.

Morales then took a broom and hit the boy across his back, breaking the broom.

At that point, the two began to fight again, throwing punches at each other.

The boy suffered multiple scratches to his face, back and upper torso. He was taken to the hospital by his mother. She was informed that he had a broken right hand, which was the result of the boy punching a door after the fight was over, the report said.

Morales also received minor scratches and bruises and a large knot behind his left ear.

Morales was arrested and charged with Child Abuse.

He has since posted a $5,000 bail bond and has been released from jail.


Man Arrested for Burglary of
Woman's Vehicle, Stalking

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Carlos Galan, 30, who listed his address as "Salvation Army, Sarasota."


Carlos Galan

According to the arrest report, on Friday, July 17, 2009, at about 2 a.m., Galan and a woman, Adelzia Solis, who are ex-boyfriend and girlfriend who dated for two weeks, were at El Paisano's Bar, located at 5803 15th Street East, Bradenton, where Galan followed Solis to.

The report said Galan has been calling Solis over the past two months, as well as following her around. He has also gone to her places of employment, causing a scene. Solis later told a deputy that she has had to move once in the past month, because Galan keeps on showing up outside her residence, after he had been told numerous times not to come around.

On Friday, Galan confronted Solis inside the bar, which caused Galan to be escorted outside.

Once outside of the bar, Galan located Solis' vehicle and a security guard observed him try to pry open the back windows. When he couldn't do that, he walked around to the passenger door and found it unlocked. He entered the vehicle without permission.

Solis later determined that nothing had been taken.

While on scene, the deputy noted that Galan called Solis' cell phone about 10 times, after she told him not to.

Galan was arrested and charged with Burglary to a Conveyance and Stalking.

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


Mother, Son Arrested for
Shoplifting, Resisting
At Wal-Mart; K-9 Bite

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Slaughter, 22, and Cathy Slaughter, 41, in connection with a shoplifting incident that occurred at Wal-Mart, 2911 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at about 4:30 p.m.


Above, L to R, James Slaughter, K-9 Pino and Cathy Slaughter

According to a report from the sheriff's office, James was observed on surveillance video by Wal-Mart loss prevention opening a video game package, removing the CD and manual, and placing the items into his pocket. Wal-Mart loss prevention believed that James may run and so they called the sheriff's office prior to apprehending him, so deputies could set up in case he did.

James proceeded to the registers with his mother, Cathy, where she paid for her items, but James did not pay for the concealed video game.

Both subjects proceeded to the garden center exit where Dep. Bertolino, K-9 Pino, Dep. Escher, and Wal-Mart loss prevention waited for him to exit the store.

Dep. Bertolino and Dep. Escher confronted James, ordering him to place his hands in the air. James at first complied and when Dep. Escher approached James to handcuff him, he began to run away.

Dep. Bertolino released K-9 Pino and James was bitten on the rear of his right leg. Dep. Bertolino then directed James to the ground in order to handcuff him.

While Dep. Bertolino was trying to control James, Cathy approached him from the rear and tried to grab a hold of Dep. Bertolino or K-9 Pino. Dep. Escher grabbed a hold of Cathy and pulled her away, telling her not to interfere.

As Dep. Bertolino was handcuffing James, Cathy pushed Dep. Escher away, telling him to get out of her way and was headed towards Dep. Betrolino again. Dep. Escher then took Cathy to the ground and handcuffed her.

The stolen merchandise was located on James and given back to Wal-Mart.

James suffered a minor dog bite to his right leg and buttocks. EMS treated the bite on scene and James was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center to be medically cleared.

Cathy only suffered minor scratches to her knees that did not require treatment.

James was charged with Retail Theft and Resisting Arrest without Violence. Cathy was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Office and Obstruction.

They both remain in the Manatee County Jail. James has a bail bond of $870 and Cathy has a bail bond of $2,250.


Baby Sitter Discovers Burglary
In Progress; Man Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Abelardo Lesama, 22, of 1235 Martin Luther King, in Palmetto.


Abelardo Lesama

A sheriff's office report said on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at about 12:30 p.m., deputies were notified of a burglary in progress in the 1700 block of 24th Street East, Palmetto, by the home owner, who was driving to his residence after he had been called by the baby sitter. The sitter reported she was watching the child at her residence but returned to the other home to get an item. She noticed the screens had been removed and when she looked inside, she recognized the suspect as the victim's former employee.

Upon arrival of deputies, the suspect had already fled from the residence and had been seen running southbound behind another residence.

A perimeter was already being established at that location as it appeared the suspect had fled from inside the house and other neighbors began to gather outside.

At that time, the baby sitter saw the suspect try to blend in with the crowd and it appears that he had been hiding amongst some trees.

Deputies took Lesama into custody and it was learned that he had, in fact, been a former employee of the victim. He had been let go approximate two weeks prior because of a previous theft.

He was charged with Burglary to a Dwelling.

Lesama posted a $10,000 bail bond and was released from jail.


"Man-Bag" Stolen From
Bicyclist in East Manatee

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, a strong-arm robbery occurred on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at about 8:50 p.m., in the 2600 block of Moccasin Wallow Road, in Palmetto.

The report said the victim, Anthony Tyma, 39, was riding his bike westbound on Moccasin Wallow Road. He was on the north side of the road when he got to the 2600 block.

He was next to a dirt road when someone ran up and grabbed the leather "man-bag" he was carrying over his right shoulder.

When the culprit attempted to pull the bag off of Tyma’s shoulder, he was pulled to the ground. The culprit was then able to get the bag away from Tyma.

The culprit did not say anything to Tyma and fled southbound into the woods.

Tyma was not injured.

A perimeter was established and K9 responded. The K9 tracked with negative results.

Tyma had personal belongings in his bag.

The culprit was described as an unknown White male in his late teens or early 20s, 5'-08" tall, with a thin build, short hair, and was last seen wearing dark shorts and a dark shirt with some sort of emblem on the front.

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, .

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


Bradenton SWAT Team Seeks
Donations to Compete

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- A press release from City of Bradenton Public Information Officer Tim McCann said the Bradenton Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is seeking the community’s help to send the team to Orlando for the annual SWAT Round–Up International Competition/Training in November.

The City of Bradenton Police Department wants to send eight members to the competition, but the current economic crisis has made it impossible for the department to cover the event’s costs.

The SWAT Team hopes to raise about $5,800. Below is a breakdown of funding requirements:

Lodging and Transportation: $3,000
Food (Team for week): $2,000
Team Registration fee: $800
Total: $5,800.00

The department’s SWAT Team has competed in this event every year since 2001. Its top finish was 18th place in 2004.

Police Chief Michael Radzilowski has authorized the time for the SWAT Team to compete as long as the members are able to secure donations to cover the cost.

The competition combines the latest education and training for SWAT Teams and competition in expertise. Eighty SWAT Teams and Special Operations Units from across the globe are expected to compete in this year’s event.

Please send donations to:

Bradenton Police Department
Attn: Sgt. James Racky
100 10th St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205

For more information, contact:

Sgt. James Racky, SWAT Team Leader, (941) 932-9350, james.racky@cityofbradenton.com.


Saraota Sheriff's Office Seeks
Man Wanted in Shooting

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Frank Steven Meyer, Jr., 19, described as being 5'9" tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.


Frank Steven Meyer, Jr.

Meyer is wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling for an incident that occurred on July 15, 2009, in the 3300 block of Webber St., Sarasota.

Detectives say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

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


Boy Fatally Shot After
Woman Knocks On Door

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a 13-year-old boy was shot in the face and killed at a Daytona Beach home Monday morning after a woman knocked on the door and asked a man inside the home about a meeting at a club, police said.

Lloyd Robinson Jr. was shot at about 4 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of Graham Street in Daytona Beach.

According to Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood, someone knocked on the door of the home, and a woman said, "Do you remember me? I met you at a club."

A man inside the home told the woman to go to a side door, but another man appeared, firing two shots into the home, police said.

One of the shots grazed Lloyd Robinson Sr., and the second bullet struck 13-year-old Lloyd Robinson Jr. in his chin, Chitwood said.

A search is under way for the man and woman, police said. Police said the woman was wearing a yellow and orange shirt and black pants, and the man had dreadlocks and was wearing a black shirt and black shorts, WKMG said.


 

~ MONDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Man Charged with Murder
of Pregnant Woman, Baby;
Other Man Charged with Hiding
Gun Alleged Killer Was Shot With

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man detectives say killed a pregnant woman and her 7-month-old fetus on July 12, 2009. They have also arrested a man who was hiding the gun that the alleged killer was shot with by the pregnant woman's boyfriend.


Above, L to R, Everrick Houston and Jeremy Stotz

Detectives have arrested Everrick Houston, 28, in connection with the fatal shooting of Crystal Johnson, 19. The victim was pregnant and the 7-month fetus was delivered at Manatee Memorial Hospital, but died at All Children’s Hospital hours after the shooting.

The incident occurred on July 12, 2009, at DeSoto Village Apartments located at 3810 5th St. E., Bradenton.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant Friday night, July 17, 2009, for two counts of Murder (Crystal Johnson and her baby) against Houston.

Physical evidence collected at the scene implicated Houston in the shooting, according to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Houston showed up at Manatee Memorial Hospital shortly after the shooting suffering from a gunshot wound.

Houston was apparently shot by the boyfriend of the victim, Lawrence Funsch, 21, who told detectives he returned fire when the suspects started shooting.

After Funsch shot Houston, he gave the weapon to Jeremy Stotz, 31, to hide for him because Funsch is a convicted felon and he was afraid he would be arrested for having a gun.

However, prosecutors were not likely to charge Funsch, because he was protecting his girlfriend and her baby by shooting the gun, a local report said.

On Thursday, July 16, 2009, detectives arrested Stotz at a local motel on an arrest warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Tampering with Evidence and Making False Statements to a Law Enforcement Officer.

The firearm was located after the shooting despite the fact that Stolz made false statements and changed his story several times.

The incident appears to be drug-related, according to Bristow.

Houston was transferred from Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for his gunshot wound, to the Manatee County Jail over the weekend. He remains in jail without bail bond.

The investigation continues with the possibility of more arrests.

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, .

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

These were the 20th and 21st murders in Manatee County overall in 2009. Previously, there were 19 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County and 4 in the City of Bradenton.


Bank Robbery Reported
in West Manatee County;
2nd Time, Same Bank for
Robber, Cops Say

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the Fifth Third Bank, located at 5305 26th Street West, Bradenton, was robbed at about 10:50 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009. Detectives suspect the same man robbed the same bank on April 28th.


Above, L to R, surveillance photo of Friday's robber and
surveillance photo of robber in April 28th bank robbery

The report said a White male entered the bank and approached a teller.

The man displayed a black revolver and demanded cash from the teller.

He was given an unknown amount of cash which he placed into a white paper bag.

The robber then fled the bank, leaving in a white full size van.

No injuries occurred and the teller was uncertain if a dye pack was placed with the stolen cash.

The robber was only further described in the report as wearing a gray polo shirt and a red and black baseball hat.

The man in the April 28th robbery also displayed a handgun, but he left the scene in a green pickup truck driven by a woman.

This is the 16th bank robbery this year in Manatee 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, .

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


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Trafficking in Ecstasy

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Anthony Edwards, 42, of 4322 Sarasota Avenue, in Sarasota, for Trafficking in Ecstasy (MDMA).


Anthony Edwards

According to the arrest report, on June 4, 2009, Edwards sold 9.3 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) to an undercover officer.

On June 12, 2009, Edwards sold the undercover officer 60 grams of MDMA.

On July 1, 2009, Edwards sold the undercover officer 91 grams of MDMA.

Then on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, the undercover officer met with Edwards so Edwards could sell him 600 pills of MDMA. Edwards said he only had 430 pills.

At that time, the undercover officer exited the vehicle and gave a signal to the takedown team to arrest Edwards.

Edwards fled from his vehicle. While running, Edwards attempted to destroy the evidence by smashing them into the ground. However, the pills were recovered and weighed 128.2 grams.

Edwards was taken into custody after a short foot chase.

Located in the vehicle was a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun.

Edwards was charged with one count of Armed Trafficking in MDMA, two counts of Trafficking in MDMA and one count of Sale of MDMA.

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


Blaze Causes $75,000 Damage
To Bayshore Gardens Home

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue reported a fire to a residence at 6247 Columbia Drive West, Bradenton, Florida, on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at about midnight.


Above, 6247 Columbia Drive West, Bradenton, Florida
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

A press release from Cedar Hammock said they responded to the blaze at 12:18 a.m. and arrived at 12:21 a.m.

Firefighters said the fire was venting through the roof behind a carport as fire units arrived.

Fire attack, search and rescue and ventilation operations were conducted and the fire was brought under control at 12:36 a.m.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $75,000.

No firefighters or civilians were injured.

The house was not occupied, the press release said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Cedar Hammock Battalion Chief Al Lobeto said.


Armed Home Invasion Robbery
With Shots Fired Reported

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion robbery on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at about 4 a.m., at a residence in the 1000 block of 29th Street East, Palmetto.

The report said 13 people ranging in age from 9 months to 56 years of age, were asleep inside of their residence when an armed Black male forced open the locked front door.

The invader then proceeded directly to the southeast bedroom where victims 1 & 2 were located. As he did so he walked past victims 8, 9 &10 who were asleep in the family room on the couch.

Victim 1 got out of bed and went to the bedroom door to see what the commotion was.

As he opened the door, he saw the invader standing there.

Victim 1 immediately tried to slam the door back shut at which time the invader fired at least two shots, then fled the scene.

The invader never spoke to the victims, nor did he take any items.

None of the victims were injured.

The invader was described as a Black male, approximately 5'9" tall, wearing all black. He was armed with a .380 caliber handgun and was last seen on foot.

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, .

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


Shot Fired Into Moving Vehicle;
Nobody Injured

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shot fired into a moving vehicle on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at about 10:30 p.m.

The victim, Rodomel Flores, 31, of the 100 block of 61st Avenue East, Bradenton, was driving in the 400 block of 61st Avenue East when he reported hearing a gunshot which shattered his rear driver's side window.

Flores drove home to report the incident and did not observe any suspects.

Deputy Ensign searched the truck for an exit hole or projectile fragments with negative results.

Flores did not receive any injuries as a result of this incident.

Damage to the truck was estimated at $200.

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, .

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


Bicyclist Robbed By Two
Black Males, Hispanic Male

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a bicyclist was robbed on Friday, July 17, 2009, at about 12:30 a.m., in the 2000 block of 52nd Avenue West.

The report said the victim, Jason Deyoung, 36, was riding his bike home from work. As he approached the intersection at 52nd Avenue West and 20th Street West, he was confronted by 2 Black males and a Hispanic male.

They thugs pushed Deyoung off his bike and began hitting him as they attempted to get his backpack.

Deyoung used his backpack in an attempt to fend off the attack.

When they continued their attack Deyoung gave them his backpack and the suspects fled east from the scene.

The victim was not injured.

The backpack contained only his work shoes and a pack of cigarettes.

Patrol units and members of the Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) responded and searched the area.

No suspects were located.

The thugs were only further described as wearing all black clothing, in the case of the Black males; the Hispanic male was wearing a white shirt and tan 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, .

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


Hooker Snatches Victim's Wallet,
Flees in Waiting Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a hooker stole a man's wallet on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at about 3:45 a.m.

The report said Tracy Valle, who lives at a residence in the 200 block of 60th Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton, invited a woman and German Rangel, 38, over to her house so the two could engage in sexual activity for money.

Rangel and the woman went into a back bedroom and Rangel removed his wallet from his pocket.

The woman then snatched the wallet out of Rangel's hand and fled out of the residence into a white 4-door vehicle, driven by a Black male, that was waiting out front.

Rangel was not injured.

Both Rangel and Valle were unable to provide any additional information on the hooker, except to say she was a Hispanic female, skinny, with brown hair, and is known as "Working Girl."

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, .

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


Alleged Attack, Robbery Reported
By Victim, Cops Say

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man said he was attacked and robbed on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at about 8 p.m., in the 3000-3200 block of 14th Street West.

The report said Louis J. McDonald III, no age given, of the 1400 block of 22nd Avenue East, Bradenton, claimed that he was robbed by three Black males some where near the above location.

During the robbery, McDonald claimed that the suspects hit him with their fists, a gun and then with their car after taking his wallet.

McDonald also claimed that as he was running away from the suspects they shot at him.

McDonald was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

McDonald's wallet contained $80.00, he said.

McDonald was re-interviewed at the hospital and he began to change his story. When confronted about the inconsistencies, he did not wish to explain his story any further.

The suspects fled the area in a red Kia, McDonald said.

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, .

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


West Manatee Church Suffers
Theft of Air Conditioning Parts;
$30,000 in Damages

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the theft of tubing from air conditioners belonging to a church. The church is the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints, located at 3400 Cortez Road West, in Bradenton. The incident was reported at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009.

The report said unknown person(s) stole the copper tubing running to 6 large A/C units causing them to seize.

The person(s) then disassembled 4 of the units and removed the condenser coils.

Total estimated damage to the units was $30,000.

The on-call CID supervisor was notified and had crime scene respond to photograph and process the scene.

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, .

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


Young Motorcyclist in Fatal
Crash Friday Evening

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash that occurred on 51st Street at 18th Avenue West, Bradenton, on Friday, at about 11 p.m.

According to the FHP report, a motorcycle driven by Jason L. Dean, 23, of Bradenton, was westbound on 18th Avenue West, approaching the stop sign at 51st Street West.

A GMC pickup truck driven by Nicholas Dominis, 24, of Bradenton, was northbound on 51st Street West, approaching the same intersection.

Dean failed to stop for the stop sign and moved into the intersection into the path of Dominis' pickup truck.

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

Both Dean and the motorcycle were thrown north and Dean was ejected from his motorcycle, coming to rest on the sidewalk.

No skid marks were found on the roadway.

Dean was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, FHP said.

Neither Dominis nor his passenger, Samantha Klepek, 21, suffered any injuries.


Multiple Vehicle Burglaries
At River Club Subdivision

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported multiple vehicle burglaries occurred in the River Club Subdivision overnight between Thursday, July 16, 2009, and Friday, July 17, 2009, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The report said deputies found that during the night five vehicles had been broken into by smashing out the windows.

Items taken were electronics, such as camera, I-Pods, and an attempted removal of a built-in navigation system.

One vehicle had nothing missing and another one had a gym bag taken.

The vehicles were processed for prints.

No suspect information was available.

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, .

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


One Arrest in Attempted Murder;
Warrant Issued for Second Suspect

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Ladarius D. Standifer, 19, of last known address 3200 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, for Principal to Attempted Felony Murder and Robbery with a Firearm for a shooting Monday, July 13, 2009.


Above, L to R, Ladarius Standifer and Yancy Steen

Detectives say Standifer was one of two men who robbed Christopher Geraci, 39, a White male, 4655 Oak Hill Dr., Sarasota, at gunpoint around 6:30 a.m. outside a home on Colson Ave., Sarasota.

A warrant has been issued for the second suspect, Yancy Steen, 22, of 2535 Colson Ave., who detectives say shot Geraci as he drove away. Steen is wanted for Attempted Felony Murder and Principal to Robbery with a Firearm.

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


Statewide BOLO issued for Woman
By Charlotte County Sheriff

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, July 17, 2009, detectives from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office issued a statewide BOLO for the arrest of Kelly Lynn Couchman, 40, wanted for Grand Theft and Burglary.


Kelly Lynn Couchman

Her state probation officer reported Couchman was planning to leave the state of Florida last weekend.

Her last known addresses were 209 Aspen St., or 480 Blackburn St., Englewood, in Sarasota County.

Couchman is wanted for a June 25 burglary of an apartment at 404 Somerset Rd., Punta Gorda, involving theft of multiple items.

Her accomplice, Joshua Mark Frink, 20, of 570 Denburn Ct., Englewood, was arrested July 13 for Burglary and Grand Theft and remains in the Charlotte County Jail. Couchman has been booked 11 times at the jail with 25 records.

Anyone with information about where Couchman may be located is asked to please call the CCSO Detective Chris Kearney at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.


Teen Burglar Used Ploy To Get
Homeowner Out of Home

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Curtis Dwayne Butler, 17, of 4384 Eaglet Rd., Charlotte Harbor, concerning a home burglary around 2 p.m. July 14 at 22036 Perkin Terrace, Port Charlotte.


Curtis Dwayne Butler

Detectives said the homeowner got a call from a person who said he worked for the Punta Gorda Post Office and there was a package that needed to be picked up by him.

When the homeowner left to get the package, Butler broke into the house by smashing out a sliding door to gain entry. In doing so, Butler was cut on the hand and deputies found blood in the home. A neighbor happened to stop by the home to take back a borrowed item and startled Butler who ran away with a bag in his hand. The neighbors told deputies that the boy looked like Butler who lived next door to them but the family was evicted a month ago. When the owner came home, he reported that a fully loaded handgun and assorted medications were stolen.

A perimeter was established while deputies, detectives and helicopter searched the area but did not locate the suspect at that time. Detectives were able to get a new address for Butler and talked to his mother who said her son was not home. The next day, Butler’s mother called the CCSO and advised her son came home and wanted to turn himself in. Detectives responded and arrested Butler for Grand Theft of a Firearm and Burglary. The handgun has not been located at this time.

Butler was taken to the Charlotte County Jail then transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice center in Ft. Myers.


Sex Arrest Made At Disney's
Typhoon Lagoon

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a judge on Friday issued a no-bond status for a man who was arrested on charges of touching a boy in a wave pool at Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon, the third alleged sex crime at the park in the past two weeks.

David Thomas, 29, of Washington state, was charged with one count of lewd molestation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thomas was arrested after a wave pool lifeguard witnessed him touching several different boys while waves were crashing, deputies said.

However, only one victim, a 13-year-old boy from Massachusetts, was located, police said.

Thomas was arrested on Disney property and questioned at an administration building before being booked into the Orange County Jail.

WKMG News reported that Thomas was also on vacation with a 15-year-old boy at the park. Investigators said he’s friends with the child’s family.

The 15-year-old boy is now with Child Protective Services. Deputies said he told them that Thomas has been assaulting him for five years.

Thomas was charged with sexual battery in that case on Friday.

With four other recent sex crime arrests at different Orlando water parks, authorities said theme park employees have become extra vigilant. Other incidents have occurred at Sea World’s Aquatica and Wet ‘n Wild.

 

 

"The Islander" has news, too...click on their logo to go to their website.

(Click on the logos to go to their website)




 

 

 

 

 

 

NewsManatee Archive Created 7/25/2009 2:00:06 PM


NewsManatee, Inc.
P.O. Box 10453
Bradenton, Florida 34282-0453
NOTICE
NewsManatee, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Bradenton, Florida.
Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
E-mail: NewsManatee@aol.com
Michael C. Quinn, Publisher and President

2014 - Unless otherwise indicated or assumed, all material herein, written, audio or visual, or in any publication by or belonging to NewsManatee, Inc. including the names NewsManatee.com and NewsManatee, is Copyrighted by NewsManatee, Inc., Bradenton, Florida.

All worldwide rights reserved. ~ No material may be printed, transmitted, or broadcast in whole or in part, without the express consent of owner.