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Local/State News for week ending 3/12/2011

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Domestic Battery
by Strangulation

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Don S. Castner, 37, of 1801 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Don S. Castner

The arrest report said on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at about 4 a.m., an officer was dispatched to 2009 14th Street West regarding an abandoned 911 call from a pay phone.

Upon arrival, he observed three individuals standing near the pay phone: Castner, Carrie Hartley and a male bystander.

While out with the three, Carrie began to cry.

The officer pulled Carrie from the group and began talking with her.

She told the officer that she just wanted to leave and Castner would not let her. She went on to say how Castner allegedly choked her to the point where she could not breathe. She said he also pulled her hair, the report stated.

In a statement, Carrie said, "I was trying to leave the Sunshine Inn. He started to choke me, grabbing me by the hair. He followed me down the road and said the only way I could leave him was in a body bag."

The officer observed red marks around the front of her neck.

Castner denied the allegations, claiming that Carrie scratched his face and punched him.

The officer determined that Castner was the primary aggressor.

He was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


Man Arrested for Battery;
Threatened to Kill Man,
Steal All in Shop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kevin Patrick Dosher, 42, who gave an address of 3715 14th Street West, Bradenton; however, it is believed he actually lives at Baxter's Motel at 3225 14th Street West.


Kevin P. Dosher

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at about 1:30 p.m., Dosher approached a man at his shop, located at 1005 30th Street West, Bradenton, attempting to sell him meat.

The man declined and then Dosher tried to bum a cigarette from the man and the man declined again.

Dosher got nasty and shoved the man when he asked Dosher to leave.

The man called police and then followed Dosher to Baxter's Motel.

Dosher approached the man and pushed him again for following him there.

The man received no injuries.

After the confrontations, Dosher made threats to go back and kill the man, break into his shop and steal everything.

Dosher was arrested and charged with Battery.

On the way to jail, Dosher told the deputy he wanted to press charges against the man for stalking. The deputy told him to report it...when he gets out of jail.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $750.

According to the sheriff's website, Dosher was also arrested on Feb. 9, 2011, for Possession of a New Legend Drug without a prescription.


Man, Arrested for Burglary
Escapes Custody, Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Javier Enchautegui-Enchautegui, 37, of 624 301 Blvd. East, Bradenton.


Javier Enchautegui-Enchautegui

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at about 1:45 p.m., Enchautegui was arrested for burglary and is suspected in many other property crimes.

He was brought to the sherif's office after his arrest for interviewing.

During a break in the interview, Enchautegui walked out of the sheriff's office and fled on foot to his residence at 624 301 Blvd. East, where he cut the chain on his handcuffs.

He was apprehended within 30 minutes of the escape.

He has been charged with Burglary, Petit Larceny, Criminal Mischief, False ID Given to Law Enforcement and Escape.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Missing Man Located;
In Good Health

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was searching for a missing adult identified as Michael Lagodmos, 48. Lagodmos was last seen on February 22, 2011, near the Wal-Mart store at Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway in south Manatee County. Mr. Lagodmos was located on Thursday morning, March 10, 2011, at our Daily Bread, in Bradenton. He appeared to be in good health, a brief press release said.

The original report said Lagodmos is on medication and sometimes gets confused.

He is a White male, 5’11, 170-180 pounds, dark hair and hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing beige pants, dark blue shirt, tennis shoes and a grey/blue ski cap.

NewsManatee ran the story on Feb. 28, 2011, on our Breaking News page.


Be Careful Who You Buy
Your Illegal Drugs From;
Man Robbed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Shreiff's Office reported a robbery by sudden snatching on Thursday, at about 12:45 a.m., in the 3000 block of 14th Street West, near a wooded area.

The report said deputies responded to the above location regarding an assault.

The victim told deputies he was at Baxter's Motel, located at 3200 block of 14th Street West, when he was approached by a White female, who told him if he bought her $40 of crack cocaine, she would have sex with him.

The victim complied, and followed that woman to the above listed location.

While there, the victim was approached by a Black male, who was holding a glass bottle. He threatened the victim with it.

The Black male then took the victim's watch, sunglasses and $40 of crack cocaine.

The victim sprayed both the man and the woman with Mace and they fled on foot, northbound on 14th Street West.

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.

 

Another Diesel Fuel Theft
Reported by Manatee Sheriff

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported another diesel fuel theft that occurred on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at about 2:30 a.m., in the 24000 block of State Road 62 in North Manatee County.


Above, suspected diesel fuel thief in the Feb. 28 incident

The sheriff's report said unknown subjects cut the lock on the entrance gate to L3 partnership Grove.

The subject(s) then backed a single axle vehicle up to the fuel tank and pumped about several hundred gallons of red dye diesel out of it.

The subjects fled back out the front gate.

Three other diesel fuel thefts have also been reported that occurred recently.

As NewsManatee reported on Thursday of this week (see below), with the rising costs of diesel fuel, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has responded to three thefts and one attempted theft of fuel since February 1, 2011.

All of the thefts occurred in rural Manatee County at groves and farms. The most recent case was reported on March 7 at a grove on Moccasin Wallow Rd. The suspects stole approximately 600 gallons of diesel fuel.

On February 28, there was an attempted theft at a grove on State Road 62 and a suspect and suspect vehicle were caught on a surveillance camera (see photo above).

A second vehicle believed to be involved was seen on State Road 62 and is believed to be an old Dade City Fire Department F-350 truck with compartments in the bed which are suspected to have been converted to hold fuel. The stickers were removed but the outline of the Dade City Fire Department could be seen.

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.


Meth Manufacturing Equipment
Found in Pickup; Man Arrested

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received a citizen complaint early Thursday morning, March 10, 2011, of a speeding pickup driving erratically that resulted in an arrest when deputies found the driver with mini-methamphetamine manufacturing equipment in the vehicle.


Remo Adolfo Loyal

Deputies responded to the call and located a white 1993 Ford pickup that was finally stopped in a parking lot at 3717 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. The driver, Remo Adalfo Loyal, 42, 4510 Barton Dr., Sarasota, and a female passenger exited the pickup. Loyal refused consent to search his truck and a K9 Unit was called; the dog alerted on the pickup for the odor of narcotics.

Narcotics detectives were summoned after the search located two zippered pouches; one with a digital scale and several small plastic baggies, the other had two syringes and Methamphetamine. Another bag found had several unused syringes and a glass pipe used for smoking meth. In the back of the pickup a white plastic shopping bag, partially opened, revealed plastic bottles with visible chemical fumes emitting from them. The bottles were suspected of being used for making Methamphetamine. Charlotte County Fire/HAZMAT responded to dispose of the bottles and other dangerous items.

When Loyal was placed under arrest, deputies found a plastic baggie in his pants pocket with 0.1 gram of Methamphetamine. He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $3,500 bond. Additional charges are pending further investigation about the mini-meth equipment. His passenger was released.

If you have information about illegal drug activity, please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Cops: Man Zip-Tied, Raped
Juvenile Girl In Woods

LAKE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported an arrest warrant with a bond of $3 million has been issued for a man wanted on a charge of sexual battery of a child under the age of 12, Lake County deputies said.


Terrance Lee Goodman

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is searching for Terrance Lee Goodman, 37, who was believed to be -- and may possibly still be -- in the wooded areas in the north side of the county.

The Sheriff's Office said Goodman used zip ties to restrain the girl, with whom he is acquainted, while the pair was walking through a wooded area to get to a home.

The victim told deputies Goodman put her in a sleeper hold-like position and threatened her. She told deputies he then took off the zip ties and sexually battered her.

"I had her walk me out to the woods because she said her clothes were still in the woods. She showed me the spot. I took a picture of the clothes with my phone and called authorities," the victim's mother told WKMG.

The mother said Goodman was a friend and she trusted him with her 9-year-old daughter.

Goodman told the girl he was sorry and he was a "big jerk," and then acknowledged that she would tell her parents and said he was going to kill himself before leaving in his car, the victim told deputies.

Goodman was described as a white man about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He is possibly driving a 1987 brown Jeep Comanche with a black tool box in the back and the Florida tag of ADZ R20, WKMG said.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man, 23, Arrested for Luring
Male Child, 6, To His Home
To See "Awesome" Toys

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Brian R. Leavitt, 23, of 4515 26th Street West, Bradenton.


Brian R. Leavitt

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at about 5:45 p.m., while playing outside with his toy remote controlled car, an unnamed 6-year-old boy was approached by Leavitt.

Leavitt began building a rapport with the child by asking questions about his toy car and by playing with the child's toy car.

After a brief conversation, Leavitt began to describe how "awesome" his own toy car collection was.

Taking advantage of the child's excitement, Leavitt began to lure the child back to his apartment to see his car collection.

The child refused to go with him and Leavitt became angry. He took the child's toy car, removed its batteries and threw them into the bushes.

The child ran home and told his mother what had just occurred. His mother called law enforcement.

Leavitt was located later and questioned. The deputy said Leavitt appeared very nervous and kept insisting he did nothing wrong and that it was in fact the child who was trying to come to his house.

When asked, Leavitt denied ever touching the child's remote controlled car.

The responding deputy's supervisor located the child's batteries that Leavitt had allegedly thrown into the bushes.

On March 8, 2011, Leavitt was seen by detectives at his apartment. He told detectives several versions of the story, then admitted to the incident.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit also supplied information that Leavitt had past similar behavior with children in Ohio while he was a juvenile.

Leavitt was arrested and charged with Luring or Enticing a Child.

As of Wednesday evening, Leavitt remained in the Manatee County Jail on a $5000 bail bond.


Mother Arrested for Supplying
Daughter, 17, Roxicodone,
for 3 Years Since Age 15

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Trudy Kay Peters-Isenhour, 49, of Columbia Drive, in Bradenton.


Trudy Kay Peters-Isenhour

A sheriff's report on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, said according to a statement given by the unnamed victim, she states her mother, Trudy Kay Peters-Isenhour, has supplied her with Roxicodone pills since she was fifteen years old.

The victim states she would consume the Roxicodone either orally or by crushing the pill and snorting through her nose. She said she would do this in the presence of Trudy.

On Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Trudy voluntarily went to the sheriff's office to speak with a detective about the above allegations.

Trudy said sometimes she would split the 30 mg Roxicodone pills for the victim and only give her half. She said at other times she would give victim the entire 30 mg Roxicodone pill.

When asked why she gave her the Roxicodone, Trudy said she would prefer the victim to get the pills from her, rather than on the streets from an unknown person.

During the interview, Trudy also said she would sell and trade pills with other individuals.

Trudy was arrested and charged with one count of Child Abuse.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011, ext. 1970, 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 Arrested for Aggravated
Domestic Battery on Pregnant
Sister, Sister's Boyfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Mikeil C. Hill, 21, of 1018 61st Avenue Terrace East, Bradenton.


Mikeil C. Hill

According to the arrest report, on Monday, March 7, 2011, at about 10 p.m., deputies were called to the above location regarding a domestic fight.

When they arrived, they discovered that Hill and her sister, Francine Duff, who is 2 months pregnant, were having an argument.

Both Francine and her boyfriend, Kelly King, said that Hill was in the kitchen throwing things and began breaking the pot with grease all over the kitchen floor.

According to Duff, she walked into the kitchen to tell Hill to stop when she was struck by Hill in the face. Duff said she had her niece in her arms and was being punched by Hill.

King said he heard the argument and was getting out of the shower when he observed Duff being hit by Hill. He said he tried to break up the fight between the two and was punched by Hill as well.

Duff said that Hill had gone to the doctor appointments with her, so she knew about the unborn child. Duff said her niece was not hit and was not in harm during the incident.

The three people live together as a family, along with children, who were not present at the time; they were in a bedroom away from the incident.

Hill was located about an hour and a half later at a nearby residence and was arrested.

She was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery (Should have known victim was pregnant), and Battery.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $7,000.


Deputies Arrest Man for
Felony Domestic Battery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Rotolo, 26, of 5026 Water Oak Drive, Bradenton.


Robert Rotolo

The arrest report said on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at about 8:30 p.m., a deputy was summoned to the above address by a neighbor regarding a domestic situation.

Upon arrival, the deputy saw through a window that was to the right of the front door and was open, that a man and a woman were yelling.

He saw Stacey Denham standing in the hallway yelling, "Just leave me alone. Don't talk to me."

The deputy then saw a White male who was wearing a pair of jeans with no shirt on, later identified as Robert Rotolo, come into the hallway and yell at Denham about her taking pills.

During the argument, Denham told Rotolo to get away from her. After saying that, Rotolo took a step towards Denham and bumped his chest against hers. Denham took a step back and Rotolo with both hands grabbed Denham's arms and pulled her towards him.

Denham was hear yelling, "Get off of me. Don't touch me."

The deputy knocked on the door and heard what appeared to be a loud slap.

Rotolo then answered the door.

During the investigation, the deputy learned that the couple had been living together for two years. Rotolo denied grabbing Denham. Rotolo told the deputy he had been arrested in the past for numerous battery charges and had been convicted of felony battery.

Rotolo was arrested and charged with Felony Domestic Battery and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $25,750.


Man Stabs at Burger King
Staff Member, Patron

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Andrew Stephen Rybcznski, 20, of last known address of Sun City Center, Florida.


Andrew Stephen Rybcznski

The arrest report said on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at about 9:20 p.m., Andrew was in the Burger King restaurant at 5108 15th Street East, Bradenton, acting "in a strange manner," which alerted staff.

A staff member went to check on Andrew with a patron and noticed that he was rolling a green substance into a cigarette.

At this time, the staff member told Andrew to leave.

However, Andrew pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it and made stabbing motions toward the staff member and the patron. At one point, Andrew charged at both victims with the open blade of the knife as if he was going to stab them.

The staff member retreated to call 911. Andre began to flee on foot, with the patron giving chase.

The patron located Dep. Kevin Vreeland in the parking lot of Oneco Plaza, at which time Andrew attempted to flee into Big Lots.

Dep. Vreeland made contact with Andrew and ordered him to the ground.

Andrew was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Weapon.

No injuries were reported.

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


Bradenton U/C Cops Arrest
Man, 52, for Selling His
Prescribed Lortabs

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested David Dodge, 52, a homeless man.


David Dodge

The arrest report said on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at about 1 p.m., an undercover detective met with Dodge in the Publix parking lot at 5001 State Road 64.

Dodge had agreed to sell the detective 80 out of 180 Lortabs (Hyrdrocodone 10 mg. tablets) which he had been prescribed.

The detective gave Dodge $60 of prerecorded investigative funds and Dodge went inside Publix to obtain his prescription.

Dodge then came outside, got into the U/C vehicle and counted out 80 of the 180 prescribed pills. He told the detective to contact him after the 1st of the month when he would have more pills.

At that point, he was arrested and charged with Sale of a Controlled Substance.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000.


Three Diesel Fuel Thefts
in Manatee Likely Due
to Rising Fuel Prices

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- With the rising costs of diesel fuel, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has responded to three thefts and one attempted theft of fuel since February 1, 2011.

All of the thefts occurred in rural Manatee County at groves and farms. The most recent case was reported on March 7 at a grove on Moccasin Wallow Rd. The suspects stole approximately 600 gallons of diesel fuel.

On February 28, there was an attempted theft at a grove on State Road 62 and a suspect and suspect vehicle were caught on a surveillance camera (see photo above).

A second vehicle believed to be involved was seen on State Road 62 and is believed to be an old Dade City Fire Department F-350 truck with compartments in the bed which are suspected to have been converted to hold fuel. The stickers were removed but the outline of the Dade City Fire Department could be seen.

Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call MSO at 941-747-3011, ext. 1160, 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.


2 Charged in Armed Robberies,
Shooting, Pursuit in Sarasota

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two suspects in connection with two separate robberies on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Sarasota, one of which involved a shooting.


Above, L to R, Melodee Haygood and Pele Williams
(Prior mug shots)

At 12:21 p.m. on Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office received calls of an armed robbery at Westfield Sarasota Square reporting that a masked man put a gun to the head of a woman outside Ruby Tuesday’s and demanded her purse. She complied and the suspects fled in what was described as a black 4-door Mercedes SUV.

As deputies responded to the first scene, the Sheriff’s Office received additional reports of a shooting at Sarasota Pavilion at US 41 and Stickney Point Road at 12:39 p.m. Witnesses say a Black female attempted to steal a woman’s purse and shot the victim when she resisted. In this incident the vehicle was described as a black Mercedes sedan.

At 12:41 p.m., deputies spotted the suspect vehicle and began a brief pursuit which ended at Stickney Point Road just west of Swift Road. The suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Melodee Lynette Haygood, 23, of last known address 2310 N. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, is charged with one count of Robbery with a Firearm, one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and one count of Principal to Robbery with a Firearm.

Pele Antwon Williams, 29, of last known address 1817 Edgewood Drive., Sarasota, is charged with one count of Robbery with a Firearm, one count of Principal to Robbery with a Firearm, one count of Principal to Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, one count of Fleeing to Elude and one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Both are being held in the Sarasota County Jail.


New Elderly Scam Hits
Charlotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Economic Crimes Unit detectives are investigating a new elderly scam hitting the area that involves winning a lottery and a new car. Two such cases are under investigation and thousands of dollars have been sent to the scammer.

CCSO received a call Monday from Centennial Bank, 22627 Bayshore Road, when an 88 year old man withdrew $1,250 from his account to purchase Green Dot Money Pac cards from Walgreens so he could receive $1 million dollars in a lottery. The cards are as good as cash when the victim scratches off the code number on the back of the card and gave it over the phone to the suspect identifying himself as Mr. Goodman that set up the scam.

ECU detectives said the caller went a step further to entice the elderly man, he told him he also won a new car of his choice and asked him what he liked. The elderly man said “Cadillac” and Mr. Goodman replied that was exactly what he had won. The caller said he couldn’t release the Cadillac to him until he received an additional $1,250. The elderly man went back to his bank and withdrew $1,250 even after a teller told him it was a scam. He took the cash, bought more Money Pac cards. And called Mr. Goodman who said the car was on its way to his home in the 21500 block of Edgewater Dr.

A salesman from Bill Buck Chevrolet of Venice drove to the elderly man’s residence with a 2009 model Cadillac and took the man for a test ride. The salesman left his business card and drove back to the dealership. He then called Mr. Goodman and gave him the code number to get the cash. He was then instructed to get another $3,000 to release the car to him, so he went to the bank and attempted to withdraw $3,000 when bank tellers stalled him. The man was insistent he had won the car and money.

ECU detectives called the dealership and spoke to the salesman who said he got a call from a Mark Goodman who asked if they had any used Cadillac’s, which they did. Goodman said he wanted to purchase the car for his uncle and requested he drive it to him for a test drive. If he liked it, Goodman said he would come back and buy it.

CCSO received a second complaint Tuesday afternoon of the same nature and is investigating. CCSO detectives said others have called to report that they have been contacted about the lottery/car scam but did not send money. The investigations continue.

If you have been a victim of this new scam, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Former Disney Worker
Sentenced For Child Porn

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A former Walt Disney World employee has been sentenced to four years in prison on a federal child pornography charge, Orlando television station WMKG reported.

According to court records, Patrick McKenzie, of St. Cloud, was working as a janitorial supervisor for Disney when he was arrested in March 2010.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that, according to McKenzie's plea agreement, investigators found a video depicting child pornography playing on a laptop when they arrived at his home.

The investigators said they eventually found more than 600 images and nine videos depicting child pornography on the computer.

McKenzie pleaded guilty in November to one count of possessing child pornography.

He was sentenced Tuesday to prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

His federal public defender declined comment Wednesday, WKMG said.


 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Woman Arrested for Threatening
to Kill Man with Knife, Trashing
His Vehicle, While Holding Baby

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Janie Contreras, 23, of 706 60th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Janie Contreras

The arrest report said on Sunday, March 6, 2011, just before midnight, deputies were called to the above location regarding a domestic disturbance.

Upon arrival, they found that Contreras and the man had a 1-year-old child in common.

They learned from witnesses that the man arrived at his residence, at which time Janie exited the residence holding the child in her arm, and was armed with a butcher knife.

She then moved quickly toward the man, raising the knife and yelling angrily because he had been gone for days.

The man was able to removed the child from Janie's arms and lock himself in his vehicle with the child, for fear of his and the child's safety.

Janie then cut the tires of the vehicle, and threw landscaping stones at the vehicle's windows, causing them to break.

She also began yelling, "Get out of the car, I'm going to kill you," the report stated.

She gave law enforcement the name of "Maria Centeno."

There were no injuries to either party or the child.

Janie was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement. She was also charged with two outstanding warrants; one was for Contempt of Court for Failing to Appear on a No Valid Driver License charge; the other was for Violation of Probation on a Possession of Controlled Substance charge.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
at Traffic Stop Holding $3K
Cash, 1/2 Pound of Pot, Gun

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Hosea Marice Freeman, 18, of the 1200 block of 5th Street West, Bradenton.


Hosea Marice Freeman

According to the arrest report from BPD, on Monday, March 7, 2011, at about 12:30 a.m., a Bradenton Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on Freeman's vehicle for "attached tag not assigned."

As the officer approached the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of fresh burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

When the officer spoke to Freeman regarding the smell, Freeman said he had marijuana in the trunk of his vehicle.

A search of the trunk revealed a large amount of pot (218 grams, or nearly 8 ounces -- 1/2 pound).

The officer also found a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and $2,920 in cash.

Freeman told the officer he sells marijuana to support his family.

Freeman was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Firearm (under 21 years of age), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving While License Suspended with Knowledge.

Later that day, Freeman posted a bail bond of $7,740 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested David B. McElroy, 47, of Rodgers, Arkansas.


David B. McElroy

According to the arrest report, on Monday, March 7, 2011, at about 2:20 a.m., deputies responded to a motel at the above location regarding a domestic situation.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that McElroy and the female victim have dated for 2 years and have 1 child in common.

Apparently, the pair was involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical when McElroy picked up the woman by her neck and slammed her down on the bed, where he continued to choke her until she blacked out.

McElroy had been drinking all night and the 5 other children in the motel room were asleep. The victim attempted to get McElroy to be quiet.

But he began kicking the walls and waking everyone up.

He then ran over to the woman's bed, ripped away the covers, put his hands around her neck and began choking her.

The two older children began to get the 3 younger kids out of the room.

McElroy, while still choking the woman, screamed at her, saying "I'm going to kill you, bitch."

EMS responded to the scene, but the victim refused treatment, in spite of bruises on her neck and a blood smear and bruise on her right cheek.

McElroy was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $50,000.


Man Arrested Shortly After
Burglary in Progress Call

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James House, 38, a homeless man.


James House

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at about 5:50 a.m., deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress at Bayshore on the Lake condos, 3600 Lake Bayshore Drive, Bradenton.

A witness observed House stealing tools from a toolbox in the bed of a truck in the parking lot. House fled on foot and dropped the stolen items. He was not immediately located.

K-9 Deputy Tom Franklin continued his investigation and recalled a homeless male that was similar in description. He spoke to residents at a homeless camp and was able to track down House at 3600 14th Street West, in the woods.

Deputy Franklin made contact with House and found him in possession of a crack pipe.

The witness identified House from the burglary and he was arrested.

Detectives conducted an interview and obtained a partial confession from House.

House was charged with Burglary and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


SPD Arrests Man for Lewd
and Lascivious Battery
on Boy, 14 Years Old

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota Police Department Crimes Against Children Detectives responded to assist the Department of Children & Families on an allegation of a Lewd & Lascivious Battery against a 14-year-old child.


Joe Harrison

The investigation led them to Joe Harrison, 41, who lives in the 1000 block of Four Seasons Circle.

Joe Harrison agreed to voluntarily come to the Sarasota Police Department for an interview.

During this interview, it was learned that Joe Harrison admitted to an ongoing sexual relationship with this child since the summer of 2009.

Joe Harrison was his caretaker.

Detectives are now looking into his actions with any other child since his move to Sarasota from the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Joe Harrison was arrested and charged with three (3) counts of Lewd & Lascivious Battery and one (1) count of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation.

Joe Harrison is being held without bond at the Sarasota County Jail.


Two Sarasota Men Arrested
for Trafficking in Marijuana

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men after deputies discovered a large quantity of marijuana during a traffic stop last night on Interstate 75.

Deputies pulled over Lashaun Smith, 29, 4125 Chisolm Drive, Sarasota, at mile marker 212 in Sarasota County. A K-9 deputy responding to the scene deployed his canine partner, which alerted to the presence of drugs.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle deputies located seven large bundles of what was determined to be marijuana, weighing a total of 175 pounds with an estimated street value of at least $175,000.

The suspect in a second vehicle, Harvey Bass, 44, 1349 31st Street, Sarasota, that had been closely following Smith, continued northbound into Manatee County and was arrested at 7700 Lockwood Ridge Road in Bradenton.

Both men are charged with Trafficking in Marijuana.

Smith is being held in the Sarasota County Jail; Bass is in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $500,000.


Crack Dealer Arrested
After 3 U/C Purchases

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives arrested Neil Gregory Hoyte, aka “Red,” 31, 3377 Monarch St., Port Charlotte, following three Crack Cocaine purchases.

Detectives made the three undercover purchases totaling five grams of Crack Cocaine on Feb. 15, Feb. 17, and Monday, Mar. 7, all at the same location in Port Charlotte. Following the exchange Monday at 2 p.m., Hoyte drove off in his black BMW and was stopped by other detectives and arrested. Detective seized cash and started procedures of forfeiture on the BMW.

Hoyte was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with three counts of felony Sale and Delivery of Crack Cocaine, three felony counts of Possession of Crack Cocaine, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Possession of Marijuana. Hoyte posted a $19,000 bond and was released.

If you have information about illegal drug activity, please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Cops: Dad Set Home
Ablaze With Kids Inside

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station reported a man set fire to an apartment that had two women and his two children in it on Monday afternoon, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the man set the fire because he was upset with a guest living in the apartment in the area of Pine Chase Drive in Pine Hills.

The women and children were not harmed, and the fire was quickly put out, police said.

Deputies said the man had not been arrested but will be charged with child neglect and endangerment.

Fire officials evacuated four other units briefly as a result of the blaze, WKMG said.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Woman, 19, Refuses to Take
Medications, Flees Home,
Batters Female Deputy;
On Suicide Watch

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Meagan Carmean, 19, of Tuscany Lakes Apartments, 3521 58th Place East, Ellenton.


Meagan Carmean

A sheriff's report said Meagan lives with her mother, Kristi Carmean, 44, and is required to take several prescribed medications.

On Sunday, March 6, 2011, at about 6 p.m., Meagan refused to take her prescribed medications and became upset with her mother when she tried to talk her into taking her medication.

Meagan said she was going to kill herself and fled the residence in a blue Nissan.

A BOLO was issued and detectives were notified.

Prior to Detective Stevenson’s arrival, Meagan returned home, attempting to get money from her mother for illegal drugs, with negative results.

Dispatch was notified of Meagan’s return and Deputy Dugan and Sgt. Andersen responded back.

Upon their arrival, they observed Meagan to be driving the listed car towards the exit of the apartment complex.

They initiated a traffic stop and Deputy Dugan made contact with Meagan, who exited the car and became upset with deputies.

When Deputy Dugan told Meagan that she was going to be Baker Acted and attempted to secure Meagan, Meagan became highly upset and began screaming and pushing and pulling away from Deputy Dugan.

Sgt. Andersen assisted Deputy Dugan while she was securing Meagan with the handcuffs. Meagan kicked Deputy Dugan several times while she was placing Meagan into the back seat of the patrol car and then Meagan began kicking the inside of the patrol car's window.

Sgt. Andersen retrieved his riata and secured Meagan’s legs. They then secured Meagan in the back seat of the patrol car with the seat belt; however, she still was able to bang he head against the window and cage.

Deputy Dugan quickly transported Meagan to the jail, where she was refused due to a lump upon her head.

Deputy Dugan then transported Meagan to the emergency room at Manatee Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Meagan was then transported back to the jail where she was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest with Violence and placed on suicide watch.

As of Monday afternoon, she remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,500.


Man Arrested After Short Pursuit
of Carjacked Vehicle, Battery
on Law Enforcement Officer

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


Joshua Woolley

A sheriff's report said on Monday, March 7, 2011, at about 1:30 a.m., Deputy Durocher attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Woolley for a traffic violation at U.S. 301 & 53rd Ave E.

Simultaneously, Sgt. Pease notified Deputy Durocher that the vehicle he was attempting to pull over was a confirmed stolen vehicle, taken in a carjacking from Dari Lynne Smith, 26, that was being investigated by west side deputies.

Deputy Durocher initiated his emergency equipment and the suspect did not stop and continued to the Wal-Mart parking lot on 53rd Avenue East.

The driver, Woolley, exited the vehicle and did not comply with orders to get on the ground.

At one point, Woolley implied that he had a gun and was going to shoot Deputy Durocher.

Deputy Durocher continued to give orders at gunpoint and then Woolley fled on foot running towards the car wash located at the 3100 block of 53rd Ave E.

K-9 Deputy Wolfinger attempted to block Woolley's path at the car wash and when Dep. Wolfinger attempted to exit his vehicle, Woolley pushed the driver side door back into Deputy Wolfinger.

The suspect was then apprehended.

No injuries were sustained by deputies or Woolley.

Pursuit memos were completed by deputies.

Woolley was charged with Carjacking with Firearm, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Grand Theft, False Imprisonment, Battery, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fraudulent Use of Another's Identification, Resisting Arrest with Violence, Driving While License Suspended (3rd or subsequent offense), and Fleeing to Elude. He was also charged with a Violation of Probation stemming from an earlier charge of Grand Theft.

As of Monday afternoon, Woolley remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

Circumstances of the carjacking and/or fraud were not included in the report from the sheriff's office.


Man Arrested for Child Neglect
After Finding Him Passed Out
with Toddler in Stroller

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Peter A. Lavallee, 59, of 5815 24th Street Court West, Bradenton.


Peter A. Lavallee

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at about 3:45 p.m., Lavallee was found at 5236 26th Street West, Bradenton, passed out with an open half-consumed cold beer next to him, and a 17-month-old toddler next to him in a stroller.

Lavallee was obviously intoxicated, the report said, and the toddler was left without supervision.

The toddler was nude with no diaper on and was attempting to drink from a sippy cup that was empty.

Lavallee was awakened and could not provide any information on the mother. He then became aggressive and agitated because he felt he did nothing wrong and tried to start pushing the stroller away from deputies, and was taken into custody, initially on a violation of county ordinance for having an open container of alcohol within 300 feet of an establishment that sells alcohol.

Lavallee resisted attempts to take him into custody.

Once the investigation was complete, it was determined that he was left to watch the toddler that morning by the mother, which made him the caretaker.

He was additionally charged with child neglect after it was determined he failed to provide supervision, food and clothing for the toddler.

The toddler was unsupervised within 50 feet of 2600 53rd Avenue West in a stroller equipped with a belt to restrain the toddler in the seat, but this strap was not being used which could have been a dangerous situation for the toddler had it gotten out of the stroller and walked towards the roadway.

The mother and child were not identified in the report.

Peter Lavallee was charged with Child Neglect, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Violation of County Open Container Ordinance.


Woman's Thigh Sliced When
Friend Struggles with
Drug-Seeking Burglar

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Paul Brown, 37, of the 7700 block of 15th Avenue NW, Bradenton.


Paul Brown

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at about 3:30 p.m., Juan Salinas was in his front yard in the 2800 block of 6th Street East, when an unknown White male pulled up in a silver Toyota Camry. The male got out of the car and approached Juan holding keys in one hand, and a wad of money in the other.

Juan described the male as "acting crazy," and said that he kept asking for heroin. Juan told him repeatedly that he doesn't do drugs.

The White male, later identified as Paul Brown, became angry, took his shirt off, and acted like he wanted to fight.

Brown then left Juan, walked to the residence directly across the street and began banging on the front door of the apartment at the rear of the residence.

When Jessie Yantz opened the door Brown pushed his way in. He began yelling at Jessie that he wanted drugs.

Rolando Diaz, 29, who was also inside the apartment, tried to push Brown out the door. Brown grabbed Rolando and pushed him against the door.

Jessie Yantz, 24, tried to get Brown off of Rolando, but was pushed into a table where a glass bowl broke and sliced her thigh.

Daniel Diaz, who was inside the main residence, heard the commotion and walked outside. Before he could intervene, Brown saw him, ran back to his car and fled the scene.

At approximately 5:20 p.m., Paul Brown was arrested at the Race Trac gas station in the 1200 block of 1st Street in connection with this crime.

The evidence and circumstances of his arrest will not be released at this time, the report said.

Brown was charged with two counts of Burglary.

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


Deputies Arrest Man for
Battering Girlfriend,
False Imprisonment

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rene Evans, 28 years old, of Bradenton.


Rene Evans

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at about 3:20 p.m., deputies were called to a residence in the 5700 block of 12th Street East, Bradenton.


Above, Manatee Sheriff's Cruisers at Scene
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Debra Mchel, 27, had been battered by her boyfriend Rene starting Friday night and continued Saturday, the report said.

Mchel did not leave as she is in fear of Rene.

Rene left the residence to go to the store and Mchel called the sheriff's office.

Rene was interviewed and when deputies tried to secure him, he fled.

A Taser was deployed, missing the suspect.

During a K-9 search, K-9 Deputy Kruse was bitten on the wrist by his K-9 "Nitro," causing a very minor wound.

After searching the area, the suspect was located hiding in the storage shed of the victim's residence.

He was arrested and charged with Burglary, Domestic Battery, False Imprisonment, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Driving While License Suspended.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $38,370.


K-9 Deputy Deploys Taser
on Pit Bull Attacking
K-9 Deputy "Rosco"

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a deputy had to use his Taser on a dog on Monday, March 7, 2011, at about 2 p.m., at a residence located at 6007 of 10th Street East.


Above, Sheriff's K-9 Deputy "Rosco"

A sheriff's report said Deputy Sutton was returning to his patrol vehicle after attempting a track with his K-9 "Rosco."

As Dep. Sutton walked beside the listed address, a pit bull came through a hole in the fence towards "Rosco."

Deputy Sutton deployed his Taser and struck the dog with both probes, gaining immediate compliance.

The dog returned to its back yard and appeared unharmed.

Animal Control responded and took possession of the dog.

Neither Dep. Sutton nor "Rosco" were injured in the incident.


"Fallen Warrior" T-shirt Sale in
Bradenton to Benefit Family of
Slain St. Petersburg Police Officer

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Officers from the Bradenton Police Department are helping raise money for the family of David Crawford, the St. Petersburg police officer who was killed Feb. 21 in the line of duty, with the sale of "Fallen Warrior" memorial T-shirts during the Pirates baseball game March 19.

All proceeds from the sale of memorial T-shirts will go to the Crawford family.

The shirts will be on sale outside the front gate of McKechnie Field prior to and during the 1:05 p.m. Saturday, March 19, game pitting the Pittsburgh Pirates against the visiting Boston Red Sox.

The T-shirts are $15 apiece.

There also is a limited quantity of T-shirts available honoring Sgt. Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, two other St. Petersburg police officers who were killed in January.

For more information, contact Sgt. James Racky of the Bradenton Police Department at james.racky@cityofbradenton.com or (941) 737-5731.


Gold Star Club Pays $10K Reward
to Five Tipsters in Multiple Rape,
Attempted Rapes Case

MANATEE COUNTY/BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Gold Star Club of Manatee County, in conjunction with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bradenton Police Department, will be giving reward money this week in connection with the recent arrest of Jared Jenkins.

Five people, who provided information in the case, will be splitting the $10,000 reward.

All of the recipients wish to remain anonymous.

Jenkins was arrested on Thursday, February 17, 2011, and charged with multiple counts in connection with two attacks on girls in the sheriff's office jurisdiction and one attack on a girl in the city of Bradenton.


Stolen Cell Phone Found
When Deputy Calls Number

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy called the number of a stolen cell phone and the phone rang in the suspect’s home while he was being investigated. The result was the arrest of Robert Burdette, 19, and his mother Kennetha Ann Burdette, 36, both of 4416 Whisper Rd., El Jobean.


Above, L to R, Robert Burdette and Kennetha Ann Burdette

Sunday at 4:33 a.m. CCSO was dispatched to an alarm at the Chevron station, 4048 El Jobean Rd. The deputy found several windows smashed. An employee arrived and told the deputy he saw a man in his late teens nearby carrying a black rifle and a small black bat. He also said he thought the teen was a customer at Chevron that led the deputy to Robert Burdette’s home not far away. The employee positively identified Burdette as the teen he saw. At the home, deputies observed a rifle style BB gun and a black bat. Burdette denied any involvement.

While they were being questioned, at 6:33 a.m., CCSO learned of another burglary at Port O’ Call Bait & Tackle, 4230 El Jobean Rd. Windows had been smashed out, entry was gained and $25 cash and change was stolen along with a cell phone and two beers. A deputy obtained the cell phone number from the owner and called it while deputies were talking to the Burdettes in their home. The phone began to ring and deputies heard it in the home. The home was cleared and detectives sought a search warrant to further support the burglar investigations.

Kennetha Burdette was released as probable cause was not developed at that time; she returned to her home after being released where her home was being watched by a deputy until the search warrant could be executed. However, she sneaked into the back yard and entered the home through a rear window and exited with her purse. Moments later, she was taken into custody. When the search warrant was finally executed, a search of the home located the BB rifle, the bat, and chards of broken glass. A hammer used at Port O’ Call was found outside in a pickup truck. They also found the stolen cell phone that Kennetha Burdette had removed from her purse when she broke into her home. Robert Burdette also had cuts and abrasions on his hands.

Robert Burdette was charged with two counts of Burglary and Petit Theft. His mother, Kennetha Burdette, was charged with Tampering with Evidence and Resisting Officers. Both remain in the Charlotte County Jail; Robert on $5,500 bond and his mother on $3,500 bond.


Cops: Millionaire Bought Pizza
With Stolen Credit Card

DAVENPORT, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 54-year-old Michigan dentist who told Polk County authorities his net worth was is between $3 to $4 million was arrested Saturday night on allegations of finding a lost credit card and using it to buy two large pizzas with extra olives, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Richard Ludwig, who was visiting Central Florida to watch his son play in a baseball tournament, was arrested on charges of impersonating/attempting to use the identification of another person without consent, uttering a false instrument, forgery and credit card theft, a Polk County sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Deputies said Ludwig found the credit card, which belonged to a Navy veteran, and bought $40 worth of pizzas with it.

Polk County sheriff's deputies said the victim lives paycheck to paycheck.

Deputies also said that Ludwig had $250 in his wallet at the time of his arrest, WKMG reported.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

CPS Response Prompts Man
to Attempt to Flee with
Bag of Heroin

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Francisco Montalvo, 25, of 4309 80th Street West, Bradenton, and two other men in connection with trafficking in heroin.


Above, L to R, Francisco Montalvo, Juan Del Valle and Carlos Rodriguez

According to the arrest reports, on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at about 10 a.m., Deputy Tucker was present at the above location regarding a Child Protective Services call.

Dep. Tucker said Francisco Montalvo observed law enforcement arrive at the residence while riding his bike nearby.

Montalvo told Dep. Tucker that he would get the homeowner, Juan Del Valle.

However, Dep. Tucker then met Montalvo at the rear of the residence as he was trying to exit and discard a garbage bag. Upon seeing Dep. Tucker, Montalvo immediately dropped the bag inside the residence and stood outside with Dep. Tucker.

Dep. Tucker called for assistance via radio and upon arrival of other deputies, Dep. Tucker made contact with the homeowner, Juan Del Valle, at the front of the residence.

Dep. Tucker asked Del Valle if he could enter the residence and advised Del Valle that he was there for a Child Protective Services call.

Upon entering, Del Valle denied to Dep. Tucker ownership of the garbage bag and told Dep. Tucker he could inspect the bag.

Inside the bag, Dep. Tucker discovered a significant amount of heroin, which later weighed out to be 87.9 grams (slightly over 3 ounces).

At that time, Dep. Tucker placed Montalvo under arrest, charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin), since he was in constructive possession of the bag of heroin.

Another deputy made contact with Del Valle and Carlos Rodriguez. They were both charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Later, after his Miranda rights were read, Montalvo said he had been given the bag of heroin by Del Valle to hide. He also said the three men take turns selling the heroin.

The report noted that the amount of heroin found is punishable by 25 years in prison, the minimum mandatory sentence.

Montalvo remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail. The other two men each posted a $1,000 bail bond and were released from jail.


Bradenton Cops Arrest Man
for Possession of Firearm
by Convicted Felon, More

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Aramis Renard Isom Buggs, 22, of 1701 5th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Aramis Renard Isom Buggs

The arrest report said on Friday, March 4, 2011, at about 15 minutes past midnight, an officer observed a gold Altima which appeared to have illegal passenger window tint. He conducted a traffic stop in the 800 block of 10th Avenue East.

The driver, later identified as Buggs, immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The officer pursued Buggs and apprehended him.

Asked why he ran, Buggs said he had marijuana in the drier side door panel and a suspended driver license.

As Buggs was placed in the officer's patrol vehicle, he asked if someone could look for his phone, which he said he dropped during the foot pursuit.

Another officer found the cell phone, along with a black semi-automatic handgun.

Buggs ultimately admitted ownership of the pistol.

Since Buggs is a convicted felon, he was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Driving While License Suspended.

He later posted a bail bond of $5,990 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Felony
Amount of Marijuana
After Traffic Stop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Derek C. Wilson, 24, of 1790 Oakford Road, Sarasota.


Derek C. Wilson

The arrest report said on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at about 11:30 p.m., a deputy pulled Wilson over for a right rear brake light that was out and a rear tag light that was also out. The traffic stop was initiated at Greenbrook Blvd. and State Road 70 East.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Told that the deputy smelled marijuana and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Wilson produced a small metal pipe, commonly used for smoking marijuana.

Wilson was asked to exit the vehicle and a subsequent search yielded 3 baggies of marijuana and 3 digital scales under the front seats.

Wilson allegedly admitted to ownership of all of it.

The marijuana was weighed and the total weight was 38.4 grams (1.4 ounces), a felony amount (Over 20 grams is a felony in Florida).

He was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He later posted a bail bond of $1,120 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Pole Sticking Out Back of
Pickup Truck Gets Man
Arrested for Possession

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Scott T. Rence, 50, of 6326 Waikiki Drive, Bradenton.


Scott T. Rence and MSO K-9 "Rosco"

The arrest report said stopped a pickup truck with "a projecting load on a passenger vehicle." A piece of metal rod was extended outward from the left side of the cargo bed about 24" and a carpet in the bed of the truck was hanging over and out of the cargo bed more than 6" on the right side of the truck.

The driver, who was identified as Scott Rence gave the deputy his registration for the vehicle, but had no license "because it was expired," Rence told the deputy.

During the traffic stop, Dep. Sutton arrived with his K-9 "Rosco." During a walk-around, "Rosco" alerted to the cab of the truck and indicated that there were narcotics inside the vehicle.

When the truck was searched, a deputy found a small piece of rock cocaine on the driver's side floor.

Rence explained that he had smoked rock cocaine two days ago in his truck and the piece that the deputy found "must have been from that day."

Rence was arrested and charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and Driving on an Expired License (more than 4 months).

Rence later posted a $1,120 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Bradenton U/C Cops Go On
Hooker Patrol; Bust Three

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Anissa Lawson, 38; Bobbie Marie Calderwood, 39; and Gayle DeWitz, 39.


Above, L to R, Anissa Lawson, Bobbie Calderwood and Gayle DeWitz

The arrest reports state on Thursday, March 3, 2011, the Bradenton Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitutes working the streets of the city.

At about 2 p.m., officers came across Anissa Lawson in the 1800 block of 14th Street West. After some conversation, a deal was struck wherein Lawson would have sex with the U/C officer for $20. She was arrested and charged with Prostitution, 2nd Offense. She later posted a $500 bail and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Then, at about 7 p.m., officers made contact with Bobbie Calderwood, in the 2200 block of 13th Street West. After some conversation, Calderwood agreed to have sex with the U/C officer for $20. She was arrested and charged with Prostitution, 2nd Offense. She later posted a $500 bail and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Finally, at about midnight, Gayle DeWitz was spotted in the 2300 block of 13th Street West. DeWitz offered to have sex with the U/C officer for $20. She was arrested and charged with Felony Prostitution; she had been arrested on six previous occasions for the same crime. She remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bail bond.


Man Tasered After Failing
to Comply with Deputies

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Peter Widner, 50, a homeless man.


Peter Widner

A sheriff's report said Peter Widner was trespassed from the Family Dollar store, 1503 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, earlier on Friday, March 4, 2011.

At about 5:20 p.m., Peter returned to the location; deputies responded and confronted him.

As Deputy Escher attempted to place him under arrest, Peter refused to place his hands behind his back, and attempted to turn and face Deputy Escher.

Deputy Escher took Peter to the ground, but was still not able to get his hands behind his back.

Deputy Keller used her Taser to drive stun Peter on his lower back.

He immediately complied and placed his hands behind his back.

He was charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence, and Trespass After Warning.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Widner remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $1,000 bail bond.


Complaint of Child Neglect
Brings Deputies to Parrish
Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, March 4, 2011, at about 11:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a residence on Larson Lane, in Parrish, regarding an anonymous complaint of child neglect.

Upon deputies' arrival, the family, including children, were staying in the residence, which was found to be in deplorable and filthy condition.

The Abuse Hotline and Child Protective Services were contacted. It was learned that there is already an active Child Protective Investigation being conducted into this residence and family.

The family left to stay at another family member's residence in Bradenton.

Child Protective Services will continue to follow-up with the family and the investigation.

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

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.


Pennsylvania Man Killed,
Another Injured in Crash

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at about 12:20 a.m., on I-75, just south of the Jeff Young Bridge at U.S. 301, in Ellenton.

The FHP report said a Dodge pickup driven by Brian Phillips, 36, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, was stopped northbound on I-75 in the outside emergency lane.

A Chevrolet 4-door vehicle driven by Charles Sewell, Jr., of Inverness, was northbound on I-75 in the right lane.

The pickup truck attempted to merge onto the travel lanes and moved into the path of the Chevrolet.

The right front of the Chevrolet struck the left rear of the pickup truck.

The force of the impact caused the pickup truck to rotate clockwise. Both vehicles struck the guard rail on the east shoulder of the road.

The pickup then went over the guard rail and rolled down the embankment, coming to final rest on its roof, facing south. The Chevrolet continued northbound and came to final rest in the right lane.

No skid marks were found.

Howard Phillips, Jr., 72, of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, a passenger in his son's pickup truck was killed in the crash. His son, Brian, was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

The other driver only had minor injuries.

Charges are pending, but troopers say alcohol was not a factor.


Palmetto Police Seek Three
Involved in Armed Robbery

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department is investigating an armed robbery which occurred at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011, in a parking lot in the 1200 block of 8th Avenue West, Palmetto.

According to the two victims, a small car occupied by two Black males and a Black female pulled into the parking lot where they were walking. The men got out of the car and confronted the victims. One of the men was armed with a handgun.

One of the victims, 25 year-old Emerlindo Hernandez of Palmetto was struck in the head by the suspect with the handgun.

He was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment. The other victim, Ovino Lopez, 22, of Palmetto, was unhurt.

The suspects left in the vehicle in an unknown direction. The vehicle was described as a smaller car, possibly light blue or gray in color.

Investigators are asking persons with any information on this crime to contact Detective Ryan LaRowe at 723-4587 x125 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.


Diesel Fuel Theft Reported
in North Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, March 5, 2011, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a case of theft of diesel fuel at a location belonging to Saffold Farms, of Wimauma, at one of their properties, 12000 Saffold Road, in Parrish.

The sheriff's report said unknown person(s) entered Saffold Farms between 10:50 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, by cutting off a master lock securing the gate to the property.

Once inside, the suspect(s) were able to siphon 500 gallons of diesel fuel out of a large metal tank.

The suspect(s) then fled the location in an unknown direction.

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

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.


UPDATE: 2 Arrested in Theft
of 3,270 Feet of Copper Wire

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two Port Charlotte residents charging them with theft of 3,270 feet of copper wiring pulled from seven new street light poles Wednesday on Midway Blvd. in Port Charlotte.


Above, Thomas Radell and Kellie Ordish

On Friday, CCSO Warrant Squad detectives observed Thomas Kristoffer Radell, 28, departing a residence at 21163 Bersell Ave. driving a Chevrolet Lumina. Radell was known to detectives as having a suspended driver’s license and an active Desoto County warrant for Retail Theft. Detectives followed Radell but he sped up and no pursuit was made. However, a BOLO was issued and moments later a K9 Unit spotted the car parked in a driveway at 2098 Harriet Street without the driver. The K9 Unit saw in plain view, a roll of stripped copper wire in the back seat.

Moments later, Warrant Squad detectives observed Radell walking nearby and he was detained. They went back to his home on Bersell Ave. and the owner allowed detectives into the home that she rented a room to for Radell and his girlfriend, 32-year-old Kellie Kay Ordish. While in the home, detectives saw black wire casings and copper wire in the couple’s bedroom.

A search warrant was obtained for the car and home, and more wire was located in a shed outside the home; some had been stripped, most was still intact. Detectives met with the contractor who installed the light poles on Midway Blvd. at the construction site and confirmed that the serial number stamped on the wire casings was identical to that found in the car, home and shed. Marijuana and a glass pipe were also found in the bedroom.

Radell and Ordish were transported to the Charlotte County Jail where they remain on no bond. Both are charged with Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Radell was additionally charged with Fleeing to Elude Police, Resisting an Officer, and was served the Desoto County warrant for Retail Theft.


New Director to Lead
Florida Highway Patrol

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/FHP] -- On Friday, March 4, 2011, Lt. Col. David H. Brierton Jr. was named Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. Brierton was selected from a field of more than 50 applicants from across the nation.


Above, Lt. Col. David H. Brierton, Jr.

“The appointment of David Brierton as director of the Florida Highway Patrol reinforces my commitment to public safety,” said Governor Rick Scott. “I am confident that he will provide the necessary leadership and accountability to guide this dedicated group of law enforcement officers.”

Brierton currently serves as FHP's Deputy Director of Field Operations with direct responsibilities for Troop Operations, Investigations, Contraband Interdiction, Emergency Operations and Homeland Security. He has served the residents and visitors of Florida with distinction as a dedicated member of the Patrol since September 1983.

In announcing the appointment, Julie Jones, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said, "David Brierton has a tremendous record of public service and has the experience, strong leadership skills and vision necessary to lead the dedicated men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol into the future.”

An Army veteran, Brierton served as a member of the Military Police prior to joining the FHP. He is a graduate of Mountain State University with a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice, and has completed specialized training that includes the 27th Command Officer Development Course (Southern Police Institute) and the 41st Chief Executive Seminar (Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute).

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a law enforcement officer, and I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this great organization. Our leadership team will work hard to set a proactive course for the Patrol in order to fulfill our mission of providing the safest driving environment for everyone who travels Florida’s roadways, and I look forward to working with our outstanding members, law enforcement partners and stakeholders," stated Brierton.

Brierton served as a trooper and a sergeant in Miami-Dade County. In 1989, the Patrol promoted him to lieutenant, and he relocated to Bradenton. He advanced to the rank of captain four years later and returned to south Florida to supervise operations in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. In 2003, FHP promoted Brierton to major and assigned him to Headquarters in Tallahassee, where he supervised Investigations and Professional Compliance. In 2006, Brierton was appointed lieutenant colonel and charged with oversight of Patrol Operations, Investigations, Contraband Interdiction, Emergency Operations and Homeland Security.



 

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