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Week of July 21, 2014 - July 27, 2014

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man, Woman Caught Having Sex
on Bradenton Beach in Front of
Children, Adults; 7 Complained

BRADENTON BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Beach Police Department has arrested Jose B. Caballero, 39, of 908 Lemonwood Avenue, Bradenton, and Elissa M. Alvarez, 20, of 5107 39th Street West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Jose Caballero and Elissa Alvarez

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, July 20th, at about 8:15 p.m., a Bradenton Beach police officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Cortez Beach regarding a man and woman having sex on the beach.

Upon arrival, the officer met with Emily Hall, who had called 911.

Hall said while she was on the beach, a Hispanic man, later identified as Caballero, and a Hispanic woman, later identified as Alvarez, were laying on a sheet nest to her.

They started to fondle each other, Hall said, and then started to have intercourse on the beach.

Hall was very upset because her 4-year-old daughter witnessed the couple having sex on the beach, along with several other people.

Six other witnesses filled out complaint affidavits pertaining to what had transpired.

One witness filed the couple with a camera phone, to be used as evidence for this complaint, the report said.

Both Caballero and Alvarez were taken into custody, and then were taken to the Bradenton Beach Police Department where they were both charged with Lewd & Lascivious Exhibition.

They were the taken to the Manatee County Jail.

They bonded out of jail the following day on a $7,500 bail bond each.

Caballero is a convicted felon, with an arrest history here in Manatee County of Trafficking in Cocaine, DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Violation of Probation, Possession of Marijuana, multiple arrests for Driving with No License & Driving with a Suspended/Cancelled License. He is registered as a Convicted Felon, according to the sheriff's website.

Alvarez has no prior arrests here in Manatee County.


Man Arrested for Assaulting "Wife"
with Handgun, Battering Her

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested John Ashley Wingate, 30, of 1118 15th Street West, Bradenton.


John Wingate

The arrest report from BPD said Wingate has lived with Shayla Patterson and their young son for four years at the above location.

On Sunday, July 20th, at about 4:15 p.m., woke her up and began yelling at her. He ripped the covers from her while she lay in bed and began yelling at her that he would never allow her to leave him.

He grabbed her by the face and arms and was pushing her and shaking her while he yelled at her, the report said.

While she was being battered, she was able to retrieve her phone from a night stand.

Once she grabbed the phone, Wingate grabbed a key lanyard that contained 10-14 keys and began striking her with the keys.

While being beaten by Wingate, she told him she was going to call the police.

Once she said that, Wingate grabbed a handgun that belonged to her and pointed it at her. He said he would kill her if she ever left him.

He then placed the handgun on the dresser and fled the residence. In doing so, he dropped an open pocket knife that she had not seen previously.

Shayla said she has been battered by Wingate in the past and it has steadily gotten worse. She said she was in great fear for her life and her child, who was asleep in the same room when the incident occurred.

Wingate was interviewed the next day by police. He denied the allegations.

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

He remains in the Manatee Count Jail on a bail bond of $20,500.


Man with Warrants Hides,
Captured by Manatee K-9

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Joseph Schopfer, 44, of Bradenton.


Above, Joseph Schopfer, MSO K-9 Ranger

A sheriff's report said Joseph Schopfer had multiple warrants and deputies received information as to where he was hiding.

The home owner in the 2400 block of North Radcliffe Place, Bradenton, was located and confirmed the fact that Schopfer was in the home.

The home was surrounded and Deputy Franklin challenged the home multiple times, even calling Schopfer by name, to come out or he would be bitten by his K-9, Ranger.

Schopfer still refused to reveal himself so Franklin and Ranger began clearing the house.

Schopfer was located by Ranger hiding under a mattress in the laundry room and was engaged by Ranger on the right lower leg.

Schopfer was then taken into custody without further incident.

Schopfer suffered some superficial puncture wounds to his calf and shin area.

Schopfer was charged with the warrants as well as an additional charge of Resisting Arrest without Violence.


Man Tries to Con Home Depot
Into Refund without Receipt


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Edward A. Thien, 43, of 4114 29th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Edward Thien

The arrest report said on Sunday, July 20th, at about 3:15 p.m., Thien entered the Home Depot store located at 2350 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

He was observed by loss prevention bringing into the store a flat box in a shopping cart and proceeded to the electrical department.

He then selected 3 electrical fixtures and concealed them under the flat box.

He then left the store.

A short time later, Thien returned to the store with the same merchandise. He conducted a return for the stolen items without a receipt. The return value was $223.84.

He was then arrested for Petit Theft Shoplifting. He was also charged with a Contempt of Court warrant for Failure to Appear on a prior Shoplifting charge.

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


Woman with Two Priors
Arrested for Felony
Prostitution


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tina Jean Smoot, 46, of unknown address, in Palmetto.


Tina Smoot

The arrest report said on Monday, July 21st, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 1:15 p.m., he spotted Smoot walking in the 2500 block of 4th Avenue East, in Palmetto.

He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Smoot agreed to give the U/C detective oral sex for $20.

She was taken into custody without incident.

Subsequent to her arrest, a criminal history check revealed Smoot has two prior convictions for prostitution-related crimes.

She was therefore charged with Felony Prostitution.

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


Couple Arrested for Grand Theft
from Palmetto Walmart Store

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Eric James Sorg, 35, and Christine Ann Kerns, 34, both of 6028 66th Street Circle East, in Palmetto.


Above, L to R, Eric Sorg and Christine Kerns

The arrest report from PPD said on Monday, July 21st, at about 5 p.m., Sorg and Kerns entered the Walmart store located at 508 10th Street East, Palmetto.

They were observed by loss prevention selecting a large amount of grocery items.

They then exited the store with the unpaid merchandise, passing all points of sale and failing to pay for the items.

They left the property in a truck.

They then returned, entered the store again and selected a bed topper, a comforter set and bath carpets.

They then exited the store with the items without paying for them.

A total of $602.44 worth of merchandise was stolen and later recovered.

Both Sorg and Kerns were arrested and charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting.

They both posted bail bonds of $1,500 each and were released from the Manatee County Jail.


Deputy Arrests Man for
Panhandling, Warrant


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Keith Wayne Flesher, 54, a homeless person.


Keith Flesher

The arrest report said on Tuesday, July 22nd, at about 7:30 p.m., a deputy spotted Flesher in the median of the road at the 900 block of 301 Blvd. East, within 15 feet of the roadway.

Flesher told the deputy that he was homeless and has been living on the streets for about 60 days.

He had a white cardboard sign that said he was homeless and asking for help.

Flesher told the deputy he did not know about the ordinance; however, he had been warned of the ordinance twice on the same day, the report said.

Flesher was arrested and charged with Violation of County Ordinance for Panhandling. He was also charged with a warrant for Contempt of Court for Failure to Answer a Summons for Possession of Marijuana.

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


Barracuda Jumps in Boat,
Strikes Boy, 13 Years Old,
Shreds Arm, Chest


PORT ORANGE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Port Orange boy is recovering after a terrifying encounter with a 5-foot barracuda, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The fish jumped into a boat and struck the 13-year-old so hard and made him bleed so bad, he said he thought he was going to die. What made it worse, he and his father were so far offshore, they didn't have any way to call for help.

It was a Sunday afternoon fishing trip for Irwin King and his son, Parker. About 19 miles from land, they spotted a barracuda.

"We seen him and he was big and we were like, 'This should be a fun little fight.' But it wasn't. It wasn't," said Irwin King.

That fight turned into a fight for Parker's life.

"In a split second, he went from there, up over the boat and just nailed him right (on the upper chest/shoulder area)," King showed WKMG.

The fish nailed the teenager so hard that it landed Parker in the hospital. Getting to the hospital, however, was the challenge. Being more than 15 miles away from shore, with no phone reception, they raced back to land with the barracuda still in tow.

"It's still flopping in the back of the boat and I started going, just heading, I mean, it was not a fun ride. It was a bouncy ride and I really didn't care. I didn't care if parts were flying off the boat, I just wanted to get him in," recalled King.

Parker had a towel wrapped around his arm and chest for the ride.

"I was praying that he wasn't going to run out of blood," said King.

Now, staples and stitches later, Parker is out of the hospital and recovering from a fight that nearly cost him his life, WKMG said.

"The fish won on that one. He got us, he got Parker. He was a champ, I mean, he was a champ," said King.

 

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Enters Home Uninvited,
Sexually Batters Woman,
Flees When Interrupted

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jordan J. Bosma, 22, of 5440 47th Street West, Bradenton.


Jordan Bosma

According to the arrest report, on Friday, July 18th, at about 9:30 a.m., an unnamed 21-year-old White female was sleeping in her bedroom at an undisclosed location in Bradenton when she heard her dog barking and woke up.

When she woke up, she saw Bosma standing at her bedroom door.

She told police she asked Bosma, "What are you doing here? You need to get out."

Bosma then asked her if she was naked and she told him, "Yes, you need to excuse yourself so I can get dressed. I'll come out and talk to you when I am done dressing."

Bosma said, "No, it's okay." Bosma then proceeded to walk inside the bedroom and sat on her bed. He then tried to pull the covers from her and put them over himself.

She pulled the blanket toward her to keep herself covered and told Bosma, "What are you doing? I told you to get out."

Bosma said, "I just want to cuddle."

She said, "I don't want to cuddle. Get away from me."

Bosma then said, "Come on, I just want to have fun. I know you want it."

She then said, "No. You need to leave now."

Bosma said, "No. Let me pleasure you." And Bosma started to pull the blankets away from her again as she struggled in an attempt to keep him from doing that.

The report said Bosma then put his hand underneath the blanket and put it on her vagina. She tried to move his hand away from her vaginal area, but he continued until he penetrated her vagina with one of his fingers.

She continued to struggle to take Bosma's hand and fingers away from her vagina, and she was also screaming, telling Bosma to get away from her.

After she started screaming, Bosma removed his hand and fingers and said to her, "Am I going to have to pin you down?"

She said Bosma then seemed angry and looked like he was a different person. He got on top of her and pinned her down and started to kiss her on her neck as she was moving her face in an attempt to avoid him kissing her on her lips.

Bosma heard someone coming into the home and jumped off the bed and ran to the bedroom door. He started talking to her from the door, walking away from the bedroom, saying, "Okay. I just wanted to know if your dad was here."

After Bosma exited the room, she jumped off the bed and started getting dressed in an attempt to leave the room to tell her brother what happened, but Bosma was already gone.

Bosma was arrested at BPD headquarters on July 20th and charged with Sexual Battery with Force, No Damage.

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

The report did not say whether the woman knew Bosma previously, or how.


Ex-Boyfriend Arrested after
Pushing Former Girlfriend
Out of Car Forcefully


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ryan Christopher Miller, 24, of 207 141st Street Court NE, Bradenton.


Ryan Miller

The arrest report said Miller and the unnamed female victim in this case are ex-boyfriend and girlfriend who dated for about four months, but are not currently dating. They have been separated for over six months and have not been in a sexual relationship. The victim is five months pregnant and slightly showing. Miller knows she is pregnant, as she told him once she found out, five months prior to the date of this incident.

On Sunday, July 20, at about 11:30 a.m., Miller picked up the victim and the two drove around the area of the 1300 block of 64th Street Court East, talking. The conversation was cordial between the two as they were talking about getting back together and working things out between one another.

The conversation turned physical when Miller did not like something the woman said to him and he became upset.

He slammed on the brakes, bringing the vehicle to a sudden stop. He reached over the victim and opened the passenger side door to the vehicle using his left hand. Once the door was open, Miller then pushed the victim on her left shoulder out the door, using his right hand.

The victim was able to catcher herself as she was falling out the door and she was able to land on her feet as she exited the vehicle from the force of Miller's push.

One she was outside the vehicle, they continued to argue and Miller reached over and took $30 of the victim's money. He then took off, leaving the victim on the side of the road.

She walked to the nearby BP station and called law enforcement.

She did not sustain any injuries and did not need any medical attention.

He was later detained at about 4:45 and questioned at MSO headquarters.

He was arrested and charged with Petit Theft and Offender Should Have Known Victim was Pregnant.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time without bail, according to the sheriff's website.


Bradenton Cops Arrest Man
for Stabbing Other Man
at Club 720

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Kirkland P. Hamilton, 55, of 820 32nd Street East, in Palmetto.


Kirkland Hamilton

The arrest report said on Saturday, July 19th, at about 11:45 p.m., police responded to a location in Palmetto to take a report of a man who was apparently stabbed at Club 720, 720 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., in Bradenton.

Donald Ware told police he had gone to Club 720 and entered the premises and did not see anyone at the door collecting any money, so he proceeded further into the premises.

Ware said that once inside, he was approached by Hamilton. Hamilton started yelling at Ware telling him that he needed to pay $5 to get in.

Ware said Hamilton picked up a pool stick from one of the table and told him, "You are going to die tonight."

Ware also picked up a pool stick to defend himself from Hamilton, he told police.

Ware said that when he backed up from Hamilton, he fell on the floor.

At that point, Hamilton got on top of Ware and took a knife out. Hamilton stabbed Ware multiple times on his arm.

Ware said he managed to get away from Hamilton and left the premises and went to Palmetto where he made contact with a sheriff's deputy, who called BPD.

Ware was treated by EMS for the injuries on his arm.

Hamilton was arrested the next night and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

He remains in custody at the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $25,000.


Arrest for False Imprisonment,
Battery of Woman


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested J.T. Hardy Hodges, 46, of 3711 18th Street East, Bradenton.


J.T. Hardy Hodges

The arrest report said on Wednesday, July 16th, at about 9:45 p.m., the female victim in this case, rode her bicycle to the above location to see her uncle Mac. When she got there, she realized her uncle was not there, so she hopped back on her bike and started to head back home.

At that point, Hodges came out of the house and called for her to come back. When she got close enough, Hodges grabbed her off of the bike and dragged her inside the home.

While inside, Hodges started to touch the victim in the vaginal area, under her shorts, but above her underwear, demanding her to have sex with him.

He took his penis out and told her, "she was going to [give him oral sex] no matter what."

She said Hodges would not let her go and every time she would try to leave the room, he would push her back down to the ground and hold her there. He was blocking her only exit out of the house.

Hodges was not able to penetrate the victim. He finally let her go.

She ran out of the house crying, jumped back onto her bicycle and rode home.

Hodges was arrested a short time later and charged with False Imprisonment of an Adult and Battery.

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


Woman Arrested for Trying
to Rip Off Bealls Store


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Margaret Stockford, 21, of 1315 64th Street NW, Bradenton.


Margaret Stockford

The arrest report said on Sunday, July 19th, at about 8:15 p.m., Stockford entered the Bealls department store located at 3905 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.

After about an hour of browsing the store, she went to the dressing room with a shopping cart full of clothing items. While in the dressing room, she put all of the items in a cream bag that she had picked up at Bealls.

She then exited the dressing room and walked past all points of sale with the cream bag full of merchandise without attempting to pay for the items and entered a red Hyundai that left the area.

A Bealls employee was able to obtain the license number of the Hyundai.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office made contact with Stockford at the home of the vehicle's registered owner.

A show-up was conducted and Stockford was positively identified by a Bealls employee.

The items were recovered by MSO. They included 6 pairs of shorts, 5 dresses, 14 shirts and the cream bag. The total amount of clothing stolen was $345.75.

Post-Miranda, Stockford admitted that she took the items. She said she had no money and was starting a new job that she needed clothing for.

Stockford was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting.

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


Manatee Sheriff Reports
Accidental Shooting

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported what appears to be an accidental shooting that occurred on Tuesday, July 22nd, at about 2:30 a.m., in the 11000 block of 82nd Lane East, in Parrish.

A sheriff's report said deputies were dispatched to the above location regarding a shooting with injuries.

Investigation revealed that the victim, Gabriel Vasquez, 27, sustained an accidental, self inflicted, non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.


Female Bus Rider Victim
of Assault with Box Cutter


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- A woman was the victim of an assault by a man with a knife on Saturday, July 19th.

The victim told detectives she was riding a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus to work, when a suspect in his late 20's to early 30's came and sat near her on the bus.

During the ride, the suspect attempted to engage the victim in conversation, however she tried to ignore him. The suspect asked for the victim's name and she gave it. The victim said the suspect began to repeat her name incessantly. The victim said he then asked for her phone number and she refused to give it.

The victim said the suspect got up from his seat and with his back to the front of the bus, removed his black flip phone, wallet and a light blue/silver box cutter knife from his pocket.

The victim advised that the suspect opened the knife to reveal the square blade. The victim said the suspect brandished the knife and then closed it and put it away.

It's unknown at this time where the suspect got off of the SCAT bus.

The victim describes the suspect as a Black male, 6'0" tall, 160 pounds, black hair, brown eyes,
thin build, in his late 20's to early 30's.

Suspect was last seen wearing a light colored t-shirt, dark colored shorts, sneakers and a white Miami Heat flat-bill ball cap with green and red accents.

Anyone with information or know of any similar incidents are encouraged to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com


Florida Pilot Arrested for
Possession of Heroin


MAITLAND, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a JetBlue pilot from Maitland was arrested in a heroin sting in Boston, according to authorities.

John Manwaring, 42, was arrested on Sunday on charges of possession of heroin.

Police said that around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Boston police officers spotted what they believed to be drug transactions and focused their attention on people moving in and out of an alley.

Manwaring was one of the six people taken into police custody in the sting.

Manwaring told police he was a pilot for JetBlue and had arrived in the city earlier that day, WKMG said.

JetBlue released a statement saying, "We are aware of the allegations and are prepared to cooperate fully with the authorities. The crewmember in question was removed from duty last night pending the outcome of this investigation."

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man, 31, Arrested for Impregnating
Girl, 12; He Met on Her Facebook;
Charged with Lewd & Lascivious
Battery on a Minor, 12-15 YOA

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Zachrey McDowell, 31, of the 6200 block of 12th Street Court East, Bradenton.


Zachrey McDowell

According to the arrest report, on July 2, 2014, the unnamed 12-year-old victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital to be treated for a bladder infection.

While at MMH, it was learned that the 12-year-old victim was pregnant.

Upon being questioned, the victim identified McDowell as the person she was having a sexual relationship with. She said that she had had protected and unprotected sexual intercourse with McDowell about 10 times.

The victim told an investigator that the relationship between her and McDowell began on Facebook after he sent her a friend request.

She said she told McDowell that she was older than her current age of 12, but under 18 years old.

She said over the past 4 to 5 months, she has been in communication with McDowell over Facebook.

She said about a month or two ago, McDowell asked her to have sexual intercourse with him and the victim said she agreed to do so.

Access was gained to both the victim's and McDowell's Facebook pages and the messages were reviewed.

On July 4th, the victim informed McDowell that she was pregnant, to which he replied, "So who all u told I hop3 (sic) nobody."

McDowell was arrested on Thursday, July 17th, and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Minor, 12-15 Years Old.

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

[Ed. Note: Since this was posted on our Facebook page, it has garnered over 75 comments, most of them wondering how a 12-year-old got a Facebook page, and condemning McDowell.]


Man Arrested for Stabbing
Other Man Who Tried to
Break Up Fight


Manatee County, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a stabbing incident that occurred on Sunday, July 20th, at about 7:15 p.m., at a mobile home park located at 2615 Cortez Road, in Bradenton.


Joseph Covino

A sheriff's report said Heather Henry, 29, and her Fiancé Joseph Covino, 33, live together at the above location.

Jason Kline, 32, is a friend who has been staying there for the last two days.

Heather and Joseph were involved in a verbal argument which turned physical when Joseph began to punch Heather.

Jason grabbed Joseph to try to break up the fight and Joseph began to attack Jason.

Joseph armed himself with a knife and stabbed Jason several times in his neck, forearm, back, and groin. Joseph then fled the area.

Jason stumbled out to the front of the park where he collapsed.

Law enforcement and EMS were notified.

Jason was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment.

Crime Scene responded and processed the scene.

Joseph was later located and arrested.

Joseph was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Domestic Battery, and Violation of Probation.

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


Woman Captured with Gun,
Cocaine Inside El Paisano


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Maria Magdalena Jarquin-Ortiz, 35, of 1322 59th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Maria Jarquin-Ortiz

A sheriff's report said the suspect, Jarquin-Ortiz, was seen by a security guard at El Paisano night club, 5803 15th Street East, with a firearm in her waist band.

Upon Law Enforcement arrival, Jarquin-Ortiz still had the firearm in her waistband, and it was removed by Deputy Quick.

A loaded magazine for the firearm was located inside of her bra by Deputy Aguilera, while conducting a pat-down.

Jarquin-Ortiz advised Deputy Aguilera that she was carrying the firearm for her boyfriend, who always gets searched at the club.

She was also found to be in possession of cocaine.

She was arrested without incident.

She was charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of Cocaine.

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


Man Arrested for Stealing
Bose Stereo from
Pawn Shop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dennis R. Waldron, 44, of 7811 25th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Dennis Waldron

The arrest report said on Friday, July 18th, at about 6:30 p.m., Waldron entered the Value Pawn pawn shop, located at 4524 14th Street West, Bradenton.

He paid for a Play Station 3 video system.

On his way out of the store, Waldron removed a Bose stereo, valued at $208.84, and placed in the bag with the PS3, then walked out of the store without making any attempt to pay for the Bose.

On Saturday, July 19th, the manager realized the Bose was missing and reviewed surveillance video, then called law enforcement. Waldron was seen removing the Bose on the surveillance video. The manager was very familiar with Waldron and knew him by name.

Waldron was located at his residence and offered to return the Bose, but said he bought the item, but did not have a receipt.

The property was recovered and returned to Value Pawn.

Waldron was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting.

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


Black Male Tries to Rob Super
Stop Patron at Knifepoint

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted armed robbery that occurred on Sunday, July 20th, at about 2:45 a.m., behind 1440 63rd Avenue East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said J. Dolores Piedad-Garcia, 43, left LaJaula and walked to Super Stop in the same shopping plaza (5645 15th St E).

Dolores was encountered by a skinny Black male, 5'3"-5'5" tall, dressed in all black about 35 to 40 years of age.

The Black male offered Dolores a ride for money. Dolores accepted and got into the car.

While en route to Dolores’ home, the Black male pulled out a large knife and demanded all of Dolores’ money.

The Black male pulled behind Café Havana located at 1440 63rd Ave E. where Dolores grabbed the knife and took it away from the Black male.

Dolores then fled from the vehicle and went into Elm Lake apartments where he was able to get help.

Dolores was treated on scene and released.

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, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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


Multiple Vehicle Burglaries
Reported in Mill Creek

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida {NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported multiple vehicle burglaries that occurred overnight between Sunday, July 20th, and Monday, July 21st, in the Mill Creek Subdivision, in the 15000 block of 17th Avenue East and the 1700 block of 145th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said unknown person(s) entered and removed property from multiple vehicles in close proximity.

The incident(s) are currently under 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, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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


15-Year-Old Fires Shotgun
Near Would-Be Burglar,
Scares Him Away


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted residential burglary that occurred on Sunday, July 20, at about 1:10 p.m., in the 4800 block of Sawyer Pine Road, in Sarasota.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office responded to a complaint of an attempted occupied residential burglary at the above location.

Upon deputies arriving on scene, contact was made with the juvenile victim, 15 years old, who stated that he was home alone and banging was heard coming from the rear of the residence.

The juvenile investigated the noise and observed the suspect attempting entry to a rear door.

At this point the juvenile feared for his safety, so he armed himself with a shotgun.

The juvenile then fired a warning shot into an interior door which caused the suspect to flee the scene.

A perimeter was established and a K-9 track was conducted but the suspect was not located.

No one was injured as a result of the gunshot.

The suspect is described as a 5'10" to 6' tall White male wearing a black mask, black zippered jacket, blue jeans, thin to medium build.

At this time the case is currently being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Section of the Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900, if appropriate or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.


Sarasota Subway Store
Victim of Armed Robbery

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are currently investigating an armed robbery at occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 19th, at the Subway store located at 1154 North Washington Boulevard, in Sarasota.

When Sarasota Police officers responded to an armed robbery in progress, the clerk advised a male suspect entered the store wearing a black ski mask and brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun.

The clerk told officers the suspect entered the store, grabbed the other clerk on duty and forced him to open the cash register and empty an unknown amount of cash into a bag before fleeing on foot.

Officers searched the area with negative results.

The robber was not further described.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199.


CCSO Seeks Assistance in
ID’ing Shoplifting Suspects


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two men and their vehicle who have allegedly been involved in multiple instances of shoplifting at local Wal-Mart stores.


Deputies have taken several reports from Wal-Mart personnel involving the men showing in the photo above.

They are alleged to have gone to different Wal-Mart stores on multiple occasions to take electronic items, such as DVDs, game controllers and game systems.

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


Man Accused of Molesting Girls
at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 54-year-old man was arrested on allegations of molesting four girls at Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Perry Stiles

Perry Stiles, of Kissimmee, was arrested on two counts of battery and one count of lewd molestation under the age of 18.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a girl informed park employees that a man touched her buttocks with the back of his hand.

Another girl said she was waiting for a wave when she was touched inappropriately.

The girls said they saw the man touch two other girls in the pool and informed a uniformed deputy working off-duty about the incidents.

Stiles was questioned and arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.

Records show that Stiles has no previous arrests in Florida, WKMG said.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Man, 54, Convicted of Capital
Sexual Battery on Girl Between
the Ages of 11 and 14 Years

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- State Attorney Ed Brodsky announced that Chris Holton, 54, of the 1000 block of 35th Avenue West, Bradenton, was convicted after jury trial of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child Age 12-18 by a Person in Familial/Custodial Authority.


Chris Holton

The crime carries a maximum possible sentence of 30 years in prison under the Florida Department of Corrections.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 28, 2014.

The lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant State Attorney Cynthia S. Evers commented, "We are grateful that justice was served for this vulnerable child."

According to NewsManatee archives, as NewsManatee originally reported in July of 2013, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Chris Holton, 54, of the 1000 block of 35th Avenue West, Bradenton.

According to the arrest report, investigators learned that since she was 14, Holton has been "checking" her. She defined "checking" as her being naked with her legs spread open, then he would spread her vagina apart.

He has also put his fingers inside her vagina during these "checks."

She also disclosed that since the beginning of 2013, he has been committing oral sex on her.

Since sometime in June 2013 he has begun forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

Since she was 11, Holton has been visually inspecting her naked vagina; he did that approximately 5 times.

She also said he inserted something into her vagina as part of a treatment for an infection, the report said.

One sibling reported that after the family learned of this, they were "terrified."

A step-sister wrote in her affidavit that the girl's step-mother allegedly said, "As long as he pays my rent, I don't care what he do (sic) in this house."

Holton was arrested Sunday, July 14th, and charged with Capital Sexual Battery.

He has remained in the Manatee County Jail since then without bond.


Sam's Club Employee Arrested
for Fraudulent Use of Customers'
Stolen Membership/Credit Cards

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Troy Anthony Davis, Jr., 19, of 12112 56th Street East, in Parrish.


Troy Davis, Jr.

The arrest report said Davis was an employee of Sam's Club, 5300 30th Street East, Bradenton.

Between the dates of June 16, 2014, and July 17, 2014, he allegedly conducted 32 illegal transactions with stolen credit cards.

During that time period, Davis kept the Sam's Membership/Credit Cards he was given during checkout transactions of five victims.

After keeping these cards, Davis made 32 fraudulent transactions, using the cards.

He used the cards to purchase food, gas and to obtain cash and gift cards during those transactions.

The total amount stolen from the victims was $2710.76.

Fraud was suspected by management who initiated an internal investigation, locating the 32 transactions via computer and surveillance video.

Upon arrival of a deputy, the internal investigator supplied her with a pile of documents relating to the transactions and also supplied the deputy with video of the transactions.

Davis was arrested on July 17th and charged with [Fraudulently] Obtaining Property Under $20,000.

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


Man Arrested for Sex with Minor,
Agg. Battery of Live-in Girlfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested David English, 49, of 4011 36th Street West, Bradenton.


David English

A sheriff's report said on July 3rd, Deputies were dispatched to the above location in reference to a violent domestic disturbance.

Upon their arrival, it was determined the live in girlfriend of David English, Bonnie Thomas, 31, was injured.

She alerted deputies there was a female inside the house she didn’t know who English was having sex with and that was the reason for the fight.

Deputies made entry into the residence and located an unconscious nude female inside the residence.

Subsequent investigation revealed this female is a minor who is 17 years old.

David English was charged as of July 17th with Domestic Aggravated battery, 6 counts of Violation of Pretrial Release on Domestic Violence charges, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Sexual Battery of a Minor, plus other charges unrelated to this case.

David English is currently in the Manatee County Jail on a bond of $158,500.


Search Warrant Yields Arrest,
Drugs; Child Removed by CPS


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Johnelle Cummings, 27, of 2006 12th Street West, Bradenton.


Johnelle Cummings

On Thursday, July 17th, the Bradenton Police Department's Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the SWAT Team and Casual Clothes Unit, executed a narcotic search warrant at 2006 12th St. W.

Located inside of the residence were two vials of Rock Cocaine, (Crack), several small baggies of Marijuana, numerous burnt Marijuana cigars, and Drug Paraphernalia. Johnelle Cummings was inside the residence and had a baggie of Marijuana inside of her bra.

Johnelle Cummings and her handicapped 6 YOA daughter were the only occupants at the time the search warrant was executed and are sole residents.

CPS was requested and responded to the location to conduct their investigation for child neglect/endangerment. CPS began their investigation and placed the minor in the custody of J. Cummings' sister; J. Cummings then signed guardianship over her daughter to the sister.

Johnelle was arrested and charged with Possession of Rock Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Neglect.

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


Woman Arrested for Offering
to "Do" Male, Female U/C
Detectives Together

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Amber Nichole Smithee, 30, of the 500 block of 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Amber Smithee

The arrest report said on Wednesday, July 16th, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was searching a website known to be used by prostitutes, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

He opened an ad entitled "Victoria is back" and observed two photos of a White female that was not showing her face. The ad listed a telephone number and said that couples were her specialty.

The U/C detective called the phone number and spoke with a woman later identified as Smithee.

Through conversation during several phone calls, it was determined that he would pick Smithee up at her residence and they would go to a local motel. It was further discussed that his "wife" would be coming along and that it was going to cost $300 for one hour of her time.

At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, he picked Smithee up at her residence and drove to the local motel.

They engaged in conversation , during which Smithee agreed to allow the male U/C detective to have intercourse with her and Smithee further agreed to perform oral sex on the female U/C detective in exchange for $300.

Smithee was arrested without incident and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

She was later released from the Manatee County Jail on her own recognizance, supervised.


BPD Responded to Man with
Gun Who Was Barricaded

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Michael Blakey, 27, of the 2200 block of 15th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Michael Blakey

A press release from BPD said on July 18th, at 10:39 p.m., Bradenton Police Officers responded to a residence in the 2200 block of 15th Avenue West, Bradenton, for a report of a subject armed with a gun threatening others and acting erratically.

Arriving officers learned that a male subject, later identified as Blakey, was involved in a dispute with neighbors when he pointed a firearm at them and then retreated back into his residence.

Officer's attempts to make contact with the suspect were unsuccessful.

A search warrant was obtained and the Bradenton Police SWAT Team made entry into the residence.

The suspect was located inside the residence and taken into custody without incident.

Blakey was arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

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


Holmes Beach Police Arrest Man
for Battering Wife, Step-Son

HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Christopher E. Shaffer, 34, of 213 83rd Street East, in Holmes Beach.


Christopher Shaffer

The arrest report from HBPD said on Wednesday, July 16th, at about 6 p.m., Shaffer was involved in a domestic related argument with is wife, Natalie Shaffer, in their home.

He grabbed Natalie's arms against her will and pushed and held her head to the countertop.

Then, when his 21-year-old step-son, Gaige Bailey attempted to stop Shaffer from hurting his mother, he punched Gaige in the face, causing bleeding to his mouth and nose area.

Police were called.

They arrested Shaffer for one count of Simple Domestic Battery and one Count of Domestic Battery Causing Bodily Harm.

He posted a combined bail bond of $20,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man, 19, Alleges Armed Robbery,
Forced to Smoke Crack, Sexual
Assault by One of Four Men


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an alleged armed robbery that occurred on Friday, July 18th, at about 6 p.m., in the 5700 block of 15th Street East, Bradenton.

The report said Bruce Marlatt, 19, told deputies that he left his residence on a bicycle around 6 p.m. to go to Amscot.

He stopped at the corner of 57th Ave. E. & 15th St. E. where he met an unknown Black male.

Marlatt told the stranger that he was on his way to Amscot to cash a $20 check.

The Black male pulled out a pistol, pointed it at Marlatt and told him "Let’s go get the money."

After cashing the check they walked to an unknown house on 57th Ave. E.

Marlatt and the Black male walked into a bedroom where three other Black males were.

The Black males began to talk about sex and that they forced him to smoke crack cocaine, three times, Marlatt told deputies.

One of the Black males pulled out his penis and attempted to touch Marlatt with his penis, but did not make contact. Marlatt said that he punched the Black male on the testicles.

One of the suspects then slapped Marlatt on the head.

Three of the Black males walked out of the bedroom.

The original Black male and Marlatt stayed behind.

Marlatt said that he found a pipe in the bedroom, grabbed it, hit the Black male with the pipe and ran out of the residence.

Marlatt was not injured during this incident.

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, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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


Second case of Chikungunya
Confirmed in Manatee County


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/DOH] -- The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH-Manatee) has confirmed a second case of Chikungunya (\chik-en-gun-ye) Fever.

The individual just returned from a visit to the Caribbean, where health officials believe the patient
contracted the disease through a mosquito bite. According to Ron Cox, Epidemiologist for DOH Manatee, the patient was hospitalized for the illness, but has since been discharged and is
recovering.”

Chikungunya Fever is an illness caused by the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by mosquitos.

“To prevent chikungunya, it is vital that Floridians and visitors continue to avoid mosquito bites” said Dr. Jennifer Bencie, DOH-Manatee Administrator. “Drain all standing water in the yard, even very small amounts. Use insect repellant with DEET, and ensure all open doors and windows have functioning screens. Protect yourself both day and night.”

Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Health confirmed the first two cases of locally acquired Chikungunya, one in Miami Dade County and the other in Palm Beach County. “Chikungunya is not contagious from person-to-person. However, if a person is infected and bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may later spread the infection by biting another person”, said Cox.

To date, there have been upwards of 82 cases of chikungunya reported in Florida. Early detection of the symptoms and preventing mosquitoes from multiplying and biting will help prevent the disease.

Symptoms of chikungunya include sudden onset of high fever (>102°F), severe joint pain, mainly in the arms and legs, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. Symptoms appear on average three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most patients feel better after a few days or weeks, however, some people may develop long-term effects. Complications are more common in infants younger than a year old; those older than 65; and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

If you experience symptoms of chikungunya fever, consult with your health care provider immediately and protect yourself against further mosquito bites. A person infected with chikungunya should stay indoors as much as possible until symptoms subside to prevent further transmission. Avoiding mosquito bites while you are sick will help to protect others from getting infected. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months.

Chikungunya fever does not often result in death; however, some individuals may experience
persistent joint pain. There is currently no vaccine to prevent chikungunya fever, DOH said.


SPD Asks Help to Identify
Counterfeit $100 Suspect


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a man who used three counterfeit $100 bills to make a purchase.


On July 11th, at approximately 10:50 p.m., the subject walked into the Walgreens at 3901 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota and used the three counterfeit $100 bills.

The subject is described as a White male, 20-30 years of age and was last seen wearing a white button up shirt, blue jeans and sandals.

It’s unknown at this time what type of vehicle he was last seen driving.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.


CCSO: Man Arrested in
Purse Snatching Case

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man on Thursday, July 17th, on charges related to a purse snatching case reported Wednesday.


Aaron Watts

Detectives charged Aaron Matthew Watts, 20, of 21439 Mallory Avenue in Port Charlotte, with Robbery by Sudden Snatching and Grand Theft in connection with the purse snatching that occurred on July 16th in the parking lot of Publix, located at 19451 Cochran Blvd. in Port Charlotte. He was also charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling in an unrelated case.

On Wednesday, a woman reported that while she was pushing her grocery cart to her car, a vehicle drove up beside her and someone inside grabbed her purse. Because she had her purse secured around her arm, she was dragged a short distance by the vehicle until the strap broke and allowed her to roll free. The victim suffered minor injuries.

The previous day, another woman had reported that someone in a van had pulled up next to her grocery cart as she was unloading them into her car in the parking lot of the Winn Dixie, located at 3280 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. In that case, the purse was taken from the cart and the victim was not injured.

On Thursday evening, deputies located Watts, who was wanted in a burglary case, as the passenger in a gray 1993 Dodge van. That vehicle matched a description of the van involved in the Winn Dixie purse theft on Tuesday. The driver of the van, who was also the van’s owner, said that Watts had borrowed his van on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The owner said that Watts had told him that he (Watts) had taken purses from two different women while he had the man’s van.

When Watts was taken into custody, detectives located a PetSmart Rewards Card in his possession. That card was confirmed as having been issued to the victim who was dragged through the Publix parking lot. When detectives showed the woman a photograph of the van, she confirmed that was the vehicle used by the person who grabbed her purse.

According to reports, Watts was named as the suspect in an occupied residential burglary that occurred on Friday July 11. The victim, who personally knew Watts, was at home when he saw Watts and another unknown person trying to pry open a rear window grate from the house.

Watts is being held at the Charlotte County Jail without bond.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into these incidents.


Dad Beat Man after Catching
Him Abusing Son, 11 Years Old


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police say a Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his son, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Raymond Frolander

Authorities say the father called 911 early Friday after he walked in on the alleged abuse. When officers arrived they found Raymond Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth.

Police said the father, who was not identified, told investigators he walked in as Frolander was abusing the boy.

Frolander is charged with sexual battery on a child under 12.

Frolander is being held without bail.

The arrest affidavit says Frolander admitted the abuse, WKMG said.

 

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