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~ LOCAL NEWS ~

An arrest means only that a law enforcement officer attests there is probable cause to reasonably believe that a crime has been committed. An arrestee is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Week of September 15, 2014 - September 21, 2014

~ Friday's Local/State News ~

Shoplifter at Spencer's in Mall
Attacks Mall Security Officers;
Gives False Name

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Amanda Whitley, 31, of 2902 Moccasin Wallow Road, in Palmetto.


Amanda Whitley

The arrest report said on Monday, Sept. 15th, Whitley entered Spencer's in the DeSoto Square Mall.

A store security person watched as Whitley took several items off the rack and stuff them in her purse.

Whitley then exited the store without paying for the items, which were valued at $62.91.

Store security confronted Whitley outside the store, whereupon Whitley reentered the store, opened her purse, removed several of the stolen items and threw them on the floor.

She then attempted to leave Spencer's again, but this time she was confronted by two members of the mall's security team.

Whitley tried to push by them and grabbed the crotch of one of the security officers and bit another security officer on the right wrist. She was eventually detained and taken outside to await law enforcement.

Upon arrival of law enforcement, Whitley's purse was searched and a pair of socks belonging to Spencer's was found inside it.

Back at the sheriff's office, Whitley gave the name of Kimberly Watson and a fictitious DOB. However, Rapid ID was able to determine who she really was.

It was discovered there was a warrant for Whitley's arrest for Petit Theft.

After the discovery of her true name and the warrant, Whitley was no longer willing to speak to the deputy.

She was charged with Petit Theft, Resist Recovery by Merchant, and the warrant.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without a bail bond at this time.


Man Arrested for Battering
Pregnant Girlfriend


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Shane Desalvo, 41, allegedly a homeless person.


Shane Desalvo

The arrest report said on Sunday, Sept. 14th, at about 1 a.m., a Bradenton Police Officer observed Tracy Chuba, the victim in this case, walking erratically along the curb of Manatee Avenue West in the 1400 block.

The officer approached Chuba and learned she had been battered by her boyfriend, Shane Desalvo.

Chuba said Desalvo had thrown her to the ground and struck her in the face multiple times.

As Chuba was speaking, she pointed to a White male wearing white shorts and identified him as Desalvo. Desalvo was immediately detained.

Desalvo spontaneously uttered he was aware Tracy Chuba is about seven weeks pregnant. The officer checked with Chuba, who said she was possibly pregnant, but would not provide a solid answer to the question.

Desalvo was arrested and charged with Domestic Aggravated Battery.

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


Man in Vehicle Crash Admits
Fault, Has No License

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Fidel Estrada, 28, of 1818 1st Street South, in Palmetto.


Fidel Estrada

The arrest report said on Monday, Sept. 15th, at about 10:45 p.m., a Bradenton Police Officer was dispatched to a crash involving two vehicles at 1923 7th Avenue East, Bradenton.

The officer found that Fidel Estrada was the driver of a Lincoln Navigator involved in the crash.

The officer checked with DHSMV and found that Estrada had no driver license.

He was arrested for Driving a Vehicle without a Valid License.

There were no witnesses to the crash, but Estrada admitted he was the person driving the vehicle that was at fault in the crash.

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


Silver Alert Issued for
Missing, Endangered
Man, 65 Years Old


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Silver Alert has been issued for Billy Shepherd, 65, of 10315 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.

Shepherd was reported missing Thursday morning, Sept. 18th, by his brother, who last saw him Wednesday afternoon.

Shepherd has several medical issues and does not have his medications with him. He also suffers from memory loss.

Shepard does have a drivers license out of Texas and should be driving a 2013 black Ford Focus with a Texas handicap license tag ZB6.

A useable photo of Shepard was not available.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shepherd should contact the Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011.


No Cost Booster Seats
Available to Some


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition led by All Children's Hospital & Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue are celebrating the new law requiring children 4 and 5 years old to be properly restrained in a booster seat.

A limited number of booster seats donated by Manatee Memorial Hospital Foundation will be available at no cost for children meeting the recommended weight & height requirements of the seat, while supplies last.

Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be available to check your child's car seat.

The seats will be available on Saturday, Sept. 20th, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., at the Church of the Cross, 5051 26th Street West, Bradenton.

Please call (941) 756-0060 to schedule an appointment.


Assistance asked to ID
Vehicle Burglar


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking the public for assistance in identifying a man seen on surveillance video burglarizing two vehicles at about 4 a.m. on August 25 in the 3200 block of Old Oak Drive in Sarasota.

On surveillance video, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/pSbbKWl5TiE, the suspect is seen walking up to one vehicle, opens the unlocked door, looks through various areas of the front compartment area and then exits. The suspect then opens the unlocked door to a second vehicle, looks around for a short time, takes a pair of sunglasses and then exits the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a male, last seen wearing a tank top, shorts and sneakers with short hair and two tattoos on each arm around the bicep area.

The Sarasota Police Department encourages drivers to lock vehicles at home or while out and about, if even away from the vehicle for a few moments. More than half of vehicle burglaries that occur in the City of Sarasota happen to vehicles that are left unlocked.

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.


Hard Drive, Game Controllers
Taken from Walmarts


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Several local Walmart stores reported that at least three people were involved in taking merchandise from their electronics departments, including hard drives and game controllers, last Thursday September 11.


The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received reports from the Walmart stores located at 5001 Taylor Road in Punta Gorda and at 19100 Murdock Circle in Port Charlotte that the three people in the attached photographs were observed to have entered the stores during the early morning hours. The three were noted at the Punta Gorda store shortly after 2:00 a.m. and then at the Port Charlotte store around 2:45 a.m.

The trio allegedly took electronic items, walked passed all points of sale, and fled in a dark colored car. The Walmart in Arcadia also reported similar thefts around a similar time frame.

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


Dozens Arrested in
Surprise Sweep


ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Dozens were arrested overnight in Orange County in a surprise crackdown on violent offenders, and a police officer and deputy were injured in the operation, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Orange County deputies said the Sheriff's Office teamed up with several other agencies to check on hundreds of offenders to ensure they were following terms of their probation.

The Sheriff's Office said 10 adults and 15 juveniles were arrested for violating probation, but no details were released.

A deputy and an officer were hurt when the car in which they were riding was struck at Lake Pleasant Road and Apopka Boulevard. They're expected to be OK.

The 22-year-old driver who struck the vehicle was arrested on DUI charges, WKMG said.

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man, 39, Arrested for Felony
Shoplifting after 26 Arrests
with 23 Convictions

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Richard D. Green, 39, allegedly a homeless man.


Richard Green

The arrest report said on Sunday, Sept. 14th, at about 5:45 p.m., Green entered the Walmart store located at 508 10th Street West, Palmetto.

He selected three packages of cologne off a shelf. The cologne was valued at $23.94.

Green then walked to the pet department and concealed the items in his pants.

He then exited the store through the garden department, passing all points of sale.

Walmart loss prevention personnel made contact with Green outside of the store and he tried running away.

Loss prevention staff grabbed Green and he continued to resist apprehension.

At one point, Green started to reach inside his pants, but loss prevention personnel went into Green's pants and pulled the contents out of his pants, which included a rag, keys and the three packages of cologne.

A criminal history revealed that Green had been arrested for the same crime on 26 prior occasions, with convictions in 23 of the cases.

Green was charged with Felony Shoplifting because of his prior arrests for the same crime, Resist Recovery by Merchant, Trespass, and two warrants. One of the warrants was for Felony Petit Theft and the other was for Contempt of Court for Failure to Answer a Summons for Felony Petit Theft.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $29,000.


Man Knocks Out Friend,
Knocks Out, Chokes
Girlfriend; Arrested


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert William Scholl, 39, of 5204 14th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Robert Scholl

The arrest report said a woman named only as "Amanda" in the report and Scholl have been in a dating/sexual relationship for a month.

On Saturday, Sept. 13th, at a few minutes past midnight, they were at a birthday party at an unknown location in Palmetto.

Scholl got into a fight with his unnamed friend and knocked his friend out.

Amanda and Scholl then left the party.

While they were in Palmetto, with Amanda driving and Scholl as a passenger, Scholl punched Amanda twice on the left side of her face, causing her to go unconscious.

Amanda came to as she was driving off the road, but Amanda was able to get back to Scholl's house.

While Amanda was gathering her belongings, Scholl struck her multiple times in the face, causing her lips to bleed. Then Scholl knocked her to the ground, picked her up by the throat and pinned her against the wall, causing Amanda to lose her breath for a few seconds.

Amanda was able to get loose, flee out the garage, get into her SUV and call 911.

Scholl fled the area and could not be located at that time.

However, on Monday, Sept. 15th, Scholl was located and arrested.

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation and Domestic Battery.

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


Female Walmart Employee
Arrested for Embezzlement

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Yileidy Hernandez Diaz, 42, of 1050 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.


Yieleidy Hernandez Diaz

The arrest report said Yileidy was employed by the Walmart store located at 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road, in South Manatee County.

On Sunday, Sept. 14th, at about 8:45 p.m., Yileidy was assigned to register 24 in the Garden Center.

Yileidy's son, Cesar Sosa, came to her register with four items, one being a 55-inch Samsung TV valued at $998.

Yileidy scanned the other three items, but failed to ring up the television.

Cesar exited the store with all four items, never attempting to pay for the television.

Yileidy was confronted by Walmart loss prevention personnel and she signed a statement admitting to the theft.

She was arrested and charged with Grand Theft by Embezzlement.

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


Home Invasion Robbery
Reported on West Side


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a home invasion robbery that occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 16th, at about 7:45 p.m., at an apartment located in the 4300 block of 18th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, an unnamed 60-year-old White female, was sitting on her bed counting money when her front door opened unexpectedly and two Black males entered.

They immediately approached her and demanded she give them her money.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the residence.

There were no injuries to the victim.

The robbers were described as two heavy-set Black males. One was wearing a red shirt and the other was wearing a blue shirt.

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.


Sheriff Reported Female Was
Victim of Strong Arm Robbery


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery that occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 17th, at about 2:45 a.m., in the 4100 block of 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Melissa Cheusde, 42, was at the Circle K store located at 3300 SR 70.

While at the store, she was approached by two Black males who offered her a ride home.

She got in the suspect vehicle and they drove to an unknown location, presumably in the area of 4100 26th Avenue East.

The victim had a verbal altercation with the suspects who allegedly took her bag containing personal items and told her to get out of the vehicle.

The victim walked to several houses on 41st Street East knocking on doors for help. She was able to get the residents of 2317 to come to the door and they called MSO on behalf of the victim.

The victim sustained no injuries from the incident.

The robbers were described as follows:

#1 Driver, a Black male in his mid-20's, 6'3'', 270 lbs , last seen wearing a white shirt and blue shorts, with a tattoo on his left arm; and

#2 Passenger, a Black male, 40-50 years old, 5'8'', 150 lbs, last seen wearing a red shirt, black pants and red shoes.

The suspect vehicle is a late 70's Silver Oldsmobile Delta 88.

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.


SPD Asks Help to Identify
Woman Who Stole
Circuit Breaker

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a woman who was seen on camera walking up to an electrical box at the Bullet Hole at 330 South Orange Avenue in Sarasota and stealing a circuit breaker on August 30, 2014.

On surveillance video, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/QifDE0JmMmE, the woman is seen walking through the rear parking lot and lifting the metal flip box and pulling out a circuit breaker from the box.

The woman has shoulder length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, white shorts, white sneakers and carrying a red backpack.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Dwayne Shellhammer at 941-954-7014 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.


SSO: Assistance Asked to
Identify Burglary Suspect


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help identifying a man caught on a surveillance camera entering a private condominium and trying to break into cars.


In the early morning hours of Monday, September 6th, the suspect tried to kick in an entry door to the Siesta Gulf View Condominiums before gaining access to the garage area somehow. He tried several door handles before breaking into an unlocked Toyota Camry, ransacking the vehicle and stealing about $10 in loose change. He left the parking garage several hours later.

The suspect is described as a White male in his 30s with close cropped light brown hair and tattoos on both arms. He wore a dark shirt in the parking garage but took it off and had it over his shoulder when he is seen exiting the elevator.

Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4929 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com, or by texting TIP109 and a message to CRIMES (274637).


Two Charged with Trafficking
MDMA, Marijuana; 39 Pounds
of Pot Seized

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two people were arrested on several drug charges, including Trafficking in MDMA and Trafficking in Marijuana, following an early morning search warrant at a Punta Gorda residence.


At about 7:00 am today, members of the Narcotics Unit and the Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 366 Wilmers Road in the Peace River Shores area of Punta Gorda. Deputies located Patrick Charles Deroche, 23, and Hannah Elizabeth Helmick, 19, at the house.

While deputies were observing the residence prior to executing the warrant, they watched Deroche and Helmick opening the doors to a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche parked in the driveway. When they looked inside the vehicle, they saw a baggie containing about 15 grams of marijuana in plain view.

During the search of the house, detectives located a total of 24 grams of MDMA and more than 39 pounds of marijuana, in addition to tweezers, screens, grinders, plastic baggies and pipes. Almost 30 pounds of the marijuana was located in a bedroom and a little over nine pounds was located in the kitchen.

Both Deroche and Helmick were charged with Trafficking in MDMA, Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell, Possession of MDMA and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. At the time of this report, both Deroche and Helmick were being booked at the Charlotte County Jail.


Man's Bright Red underwear
Gets Him Captured


LONGWOOD, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Seminole County deputies arrested a man who fled from authorities during a traffic stop and deputies say they were able to find the man by his bright red underwear, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Victor Tate, 30, of Lake Mary, has been charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and driving without a valid license in the Sept. 12 incident.

Deputies said they attempted to stop Tate for speeding on State Road 434 in Longwood when the vehicle sped off.

Tate began accelerating to an estimated speed of 90 miles per hour and continued driving recklessly through traffic before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into another vehicle at a traffic light on Lake Way Road and Greenwood Boulevard, according to the report.

Deputies said Tate fled from the crash scene, exposed his bright red underwear and ran into a nearby apartment complex.

The SCSO helicopter spotted Tate at the apartment complex by seeing his underwear, according to the report.

Tate was arrested and booked into the Seminole County jail, WKMG said.

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Sexual Battery
with Force, Domestic Battery by
Strangulation, Domestic Battery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Eric Schmidt, 49, of 3715 14th Street West, lot 153, Bradenton.


Eric Schmidt

According to the arrest report, the victim, who NewsManatee declines to name, and Schmidt have been intimate partners for the past 8 years and live together.

On Friday, Sept. 12th, at about 1 a.m., the victim was laying in bed in her room. Schmidt was in the living room and had been drinking alcohol.

Schmidt entered the bedroom intoxicated and began to attempt to be intimate with the victim, but was being aggressive.

According to the victim, Schmidt began biting her ears and nipples. He pinned her down by pushing on her chest, not allowing her to move and then pulled her close to him like he was going to have intercourse with her.

The victim did not want to be intimate with him acting like that, so she said "no" several times and kicked him away.

Schmidt began to curse at her calling her a perverse name and stormed out of the room.

About 20 minutes later, Schmidt came back into the room. The victim was laying on her side on the right side of the bed, facing the wall. Schmidt laid on top of her across her body with his head toward the wall. He put his entire weight on top of her and said that he was going to have sex with her. He lifted her leg up and used his finger to penetrate her anus.

The victim attempted to pull away, but was pinned down. She told Schmidt to stop about 4 to 5 times, but he kept penetrating her with his finger and attempted to penetrate her with his penis.

Before he could penetrate her with his penis, the victim grabbed a glass cup with juice that was on the night stand and struck Schmidt on the back of the head, causing the cup to break. The victim said that it did not seem to hurt him because he was so drunk.

The victim was able to kick him away and Schmidt stood up and began to curse at her again, saying that he was never going to have sex with her again. Then Schmidt stormed out of the room and slept either in the living room or outside, the report said.

Around 10 a.m., Schmidt came back into the bedroom while the victim was sleeping. He laid beside her and attempted to pull her underwear off to have sex. The victim woke up and became upset that he was still attempting to have sex with her. She said she had enough and began to kick him off the bed.

Schmidt got on top of her and pushed her on her chest, pinning her down on the bed. The victim began to scratch him on his shoulder and face to have him get off of her and bite his arms. At that point, Schmidt grabbed the victim by the neck, choking her and causing her not to be able to breathe. He then struck the victim on the bridge of her nose with a closed fist. She continued to kick Schmidt enough to create space between them and took the opportunity to run out of the house to a neighbor's house, at lot 147.

The victim was reluctant to tell the whole story at first, but then broke down and divulged the details. She didn't want Schmidt to go to jail because she has to live with him. She said that he had been arrested several times for domestic battery and he always finds her. But she has nowhere to go, so she keeps going back to him.

The victim sustained cuts and bruises, but sustained no damage to her anus, she said. There was no blood on the bed sheets.

Schmidt was arrested and charged with Domestic Sexual Battery with Force, Domestic Battery by Strangulation and Domestic Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $102,500.

[Ed. Note: Please read the"In Our Opinion" page this week regarding Domestic Violence.]


Manatee Detective Arrests Man
for Credit Card Fraud; Claimed
Victim Was His "Sugar Momma"


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jason Walker, 27, of 520 51st Avenue Plaza West, Bradenton.


Jason Walker

Walker is known by the victim in this case, Elinor Boddie, and for a short time she allowed him to stay with her in her house. According to the victim, she felt sorry for Jason and would help him out by paying bills for him and buying clothes.

The victim also gave Jason her debit card to buy gas at Sam's Club and he had purchased $1,900 of items, mostly being pre-paid gift cards. MSO Detective Greg Dunlap confirmed the purchases with the victim's bank statements, but unfortunately, she had given him access to the credit card and she had paid the bill and late fees.

During this time, however, Jason had also removed another credit card from a locked drawer in the victim's bedroom.

On May 26th, Jason entered Orange Blossom Bingo and withdrew $20. On the same day, Jason withdrew $30, then made several other withdrawals for $50 and then $100.

The card was then used to Western Union $275 and $110 to Denver, Colorado.

The card was then placed back in the victim's drawer, making her believe that he was able to somehow obtain the card numbers.

A deputy was able to confirm that Jason had physical possession of the card while he was in Orange Blossom Bingo. During the investigation, Det. Dunlap contacted the manager who said that they have a cash advance behind the counter in the form of an ATM, but only an employee can use it for the customer. The manager questioned Jason about the victim's name being on the card and she was told that it was his "Sugar Momma."

On Sept. 12th, Det. Dunlap met with Jason at his residence and he said that he wanted his lawyer.

Jason was arrested without incident and charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card/Use of ID Without Consent.

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


Man Arrested for Threatening
to Kill Three People with Gun


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ernest Willie Padgett, 60, of 5023 9th Street East, Bradenton.


Ernest Padgett

The arrest report said on Friday, Sept. 12th, at about 10:30 p.m., Padgett and Karen Baczewski went to Winn Dixie at 1010 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, together in Padgett's station wagon.

They met Francisco Arquinzoni and Roger Bell being the Winn Dixie, by the dumpsters.

At some point, Padgett got jealous of Karen talking to Roger and Francisco. Padgett said he was "going home to get a gun."

Padgett left and came back in the station wagon. He got out of his car and approached all three victims behind Winn Dixie. He then pointed the gun at all three victims, saying he was "going to kill everyone."

Karen called 911 and all involved parties were on scene upon law enforcement's arrival.

The three victims told a deputy that they were in fear for their lives and thought Padgett was going to kill them.

They were able to describe the firearm as a black revolver and Francisco was able to say that Padgett put the firearm in the trunk of the station wagon, which is where the deputy found it.

They were all able to identify Padgett as the man who pointed the gun at them.

Padgett was arrested and charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $75,000.


PPD Arrested Woman for
Assaulting a Cop


PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Michelle Nicole Sanders, 23, of 1411 2nd Avenue West, Palmetto.


Michelle Sanders

The arrest report said on Saturday, Sept. 13th, at about 1 p.m., a call was dispatched to locate Sanders regarding a possible sexual assault.

Sanders was located by a PPD officer walking along 2nd Avenue West, Palmetto.

As the officer approached Sanders and asked her to place her hands on the vehicle, Sanders took a swing at the officer.

Sanders was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

There was no further mention of the possible sexual assault in the arrest report.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time on a bail bond of $15,000.

This is not Sanders' first offense of attacking a cop. She was also charged in 2012 for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.


Man Slugs Other Man, Knocking
One Tooth Out, Damaging Others

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Demetrios George Kokolis, 2, of 4317 126th Street West, in Cortez Village.


Demetrios Kokolis

The arrest report said on Saturday, Sept. 13th, at about 2:45 a.m., Kokolis and the victim, Alvin Ducre, were in the 1200 block of 4th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Ducre said he was trying to say goodbye to Kokolis' girlfriend when Kokolis started to push him away.

Ducre said Kokolis knowingly and intentionally struck Ducre one in the face with a closed fist, knocking one of Ducre's teeth from its socket. Several other teeth were also damaged.

After the arrival of law enforcement, Ducre positively identified Kokolis as the person who struck him.

Ducre was treated by EMS and then transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

Kokolis denied any battery had occurred. She said he had fallen while assisting his girlfriend, who was in heels and fell. But then later Kokolis said it was his first bar fight.

Kokolis was charged with Aggravated Battery.

He posted a bail bond of $5,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


West Manatee Fire & Rescue's
New Fire Engine Hits the Road


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- West Manatee Fire & Rescue District has placed their new fire engine in service.


The 2014 Pierce Impel can transport 5 firefighters, carries 750 gallons of water, and can pump 1,500 gallons per minute.

The new engine comes with a state-of-the-art compressed air foam system (CAFS) which injects compressed air and foam into the fire hoses, allowing the use of less water and reduces water damage.

The engine was purchased from the local Pierce distributor, Ten-8 Fire Equipment Company, at a cost of $497,000.

The new fire engine will be located at Station 4, 407 67th Street West.


Excavator Stolen from
Construction Site


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- It isn’t something you might normally think of as being stolen, but sometime over the weekend, someone took a yellow 2007 Kabelco Excavator from a construction site along Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda.


A site manager for the company that owns the equipment reported that sometime between about 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 13th, and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 14th, someone loaded the machine up, possibly on a low-boy type trailer, and left the site with it.

The excavator may have the company name, Lovin Construction, on the side.

The photo above depicts a machine similar to the one stolen.

The excavator has been listed as stolen in a national computer system.

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


Daytona Beach Police Officer
Arrested on Multiple Charges

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Daytona Beach police officer was arrested on allegations of writing threats to kill, theft of a firearm and domestic violence.

Sarah Louise Martin, 30, was arrested Saturday by Port Orange police, according to officials.

Details about her arrest were not immediately known.

Daytona Beach police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said Martin, who initially joined the department in 2008, has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

In 2010, she was terminated for untruthfulness and misuse of a computer, Flynt said.

About 18 months later, a deal was reached in which she agreed to an 18-month suspension without pay, he said.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Accused of Lewd & Lascivious
Exhibition after Masturbating
in front of Woman, Child

MANTAEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Thomas James Wogatzke, 31, of Bradenton.


Thomas Wogatzke

The arrest report said on Saturday, Sept. 13th, at about 5:20 p.m., Wogatzke allegedly approached a victim who lives near him as the female victim and her child were on the front porch of their undisclosed residence.

He said he wanted to ask them a question. The woman told him no and told him to go back to his house.

At this point, Wogatzke continued approaching both victims on the porch and began unzipping his pants.

The woman later told a deputy that she observed Wogatzke pull his erect penis out of his pants and intentionally began masturbating in front of her and her child.

The woman said Wogatzke was still approaching as she brought her child inside, locked the door and called 911.

The deputy reported the woman was visibly shaken, emotional and upset about the incident.

The juvenile said the man was seen unzipping his pants. The juvenile was about 3 feet tall and was wearing children's pajamas, the deputy wrote.

The woman pointed to the exact location where Wogatzke was when he started to approach them, which was about 15 feet away. There was plenty of street lighting, the deputy wrote.

Wogatzke was arrested and charged with Lewd & Lascivious Exhibition and Lewd & Lascivious Exhibition to a Child Under 16.

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


Woman Steals Items from
Walmart, Puts Them in Baby
Stroller, Diaper Bag, Purse


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Essy Figueroa, 26, of 1818 Martin Luther King Avenue East, Bradenton.


Essy Figueroa

The arrest report said on Saturday, Sept. 13th, at about 3:30 p.m., Essy entered the Walmart store located at 6225 State Road 64, Bradenton.

She proceeded to take items and put them in her baby stroller, diaper bag and in her purse.

She then departed the store, passing all point of sale without paying for the secreted items.

She was stopped by Walmart loss prevention personnel and law enforcement was called.

The merchandise was valued at $169.85.

Essy was charged with misdemeanor Shoplifting.

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

The report did not say whether there was a baby in the stroller.


Woman Pulled Over by Man
Impersonating L.E. Officer


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man was impersonating a law enforcement officer when he pulled a woman over in her car.

A sheriff's report said on Sunday, Sept. 14th, at about 10:45 p.m., the victim in this case, a female, was driving home when she was pulled over in the 500 block of 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton, by what she believed to be a law enforcement vehicle with a green and red flashing light.

When the operator of the vehicle approached her window she noted he was not wearing an identifiable uniform.

Instead of asking for her driver's license and other documents, the suspect asked her to exit her vehicle and get in his car.

When she refused, he returned to his vehicle after telling her he was calling a female officer.

Instead of calling another officer, he fled the scene at a high rate of speed and the victim called 911.

The man was only described as a tall, clean-shaven White male, wearing a black T-shirt and possibly a badge. The vehicle he was driving was a tan or gold Ford Crown Victoria.

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.


Child Neglect Investigation
in Progress in Palmetto


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a child neglect investigation is underway in Palmetto.

A sheriff's report said on Sunday, Sept. 14th, at about 3:30 p.m., a child was playing in the pool in the yard at a residence located at 3401 99th Street East, Palmetto, when he somehow injured his leg.

The child was taken to a local hospital by his mother where he was diagnosed with a spiral fracture to his right leg.

Manatee County Child Protective Services is actively conducting an investigation.


Off-Duty Firefighter Alerts
Residents of Structure Fire


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Fire Department reported a structure fire that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 13th, at about 7 a.m., in the 600 block of 21st Street West, Bradenton.

A BFD report said the Bradenton Fire Department crews responded to a report of a structure fire with smoke and flames showing.

Upon arrival at 6:58 a.m., the first responding units found a working structure fire involving a two-story duplex residential structure, as well as a passenger car, a gas grill, deck and fence area.

A Hillsborough County firefighter, on his way to work, saw the smoke from Manatee Avenue West, located the structure, alerted residents and aided in evacuating the residence prior to BFD arrival.

Firefighters brought the situation under control at 7:12 a.m.

There were no reported injuries.

Damages are estimated at $20,000, and all six adult residents, along with two dogs, are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bradenton Fire Department, Bradenton Police Department, and State Fire Marshals Office.

Responders included: Five fire suppression units with 11 personnel, three investigative personnel, one EMS unit, and the Bradenton Police Department.


BPD Announces the Female
Officer of the Week

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has named Master Patrol Officer Jeanine Gagliano-Pease as Officer of the Week.


Above, BPD MPO Jeanine Gagliano-Pease
and her K-9 Blitz

Master Patrol Officer Jeanine Gagliano-Pease was born in the Bronx New York. She graduated high school in upstate New York in 1992. Officer Gagliano-Pease moved from New York to Sarasota in 1997 where she worked in several different fields.

In 1999 she attended Manatee Technical Institute Law Enforcement Academy, in Bradenton, where she earned a certification in Law Enforcement. Officer Gagliano-Pease graduated number one in her academy class and earned recognition for being top of her class in Firearms Training.

In March 2000 she was hired by the Bradenton Police Department as a Call Taker, working the front desk.

Upon completing the Law Enforcement Academy she was hired as a full-time Police Officer with the Bradenton Police Department. As a Police Officer she served on the Safe Streets Unit. She was awarded the title of Master Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer.

She became a K-9 Officer in 2006 and is currently the Senior K-9 Handler.

Officer Gagliano-Pease participates in the Florida Police/Fire Games every year, in the shooting events, and has received gold, silver, and bronze medals.

The Bradenton Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency which uses modern technology, state-of-the-art equipment and training techniques. Currently 120 sworn officers and 31 civilian employees represent the Bradenton P.D. The Bradenton Police Department services a population of 50,672 within a 14.44 sq mile jurisdiction located on the Central West Coast of Florida.


Caretaker Charged with
Exploitation of the Elderly

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a home health aide for stealing more than $5,000 from an 87-year-old Venice woman with dementia.


Michelle Horton

Michelle Horton began taking care of the victim and her now-deceased husband last June. Detectives found that in November 2013, Horton brought the victim to the Venice Department of Motor Vehicles and had her sign over the title to her 2003 Honda. A few months later, Horton had the victim pay nearly $1,200 to Sears for auto repairs on the car and also used the victim's bank account to make a $202 payment on another vehicle Horton owned.

Horton was employed by Almost Family, Inc., which paid her to care for the victim.

At the same time, the victim wrote eight personal checks to Horton for her services, not realizing that she was already paying Almost Family to pay Horton.

Michelle Horton, 42, of 5127 Gailbreath Road, North Port, was charged with Exploitation of the Elderly and is currently being held on $20,000 bond.


Three Arrested for Trafficking
in Counterfeit Credit Cards

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested three men who Walmart Asset Protection noticed were using multiple credit cards to buy miscellaneous items and gift cards.


Above, L to R, Yosvany Fauret, Yadian Pinero and Jonney Infante

Deputies responded to the Cattlemen Road store Friday afternoon and stopped the suspects' vehicle after managers reported the suspicious activity. Deputies explained why the men were being detained and they consented to a search. Ultimately, deputies located 83 credit cards that, when swiped by detectives, included Track Data on the magnetic strip that was different from the numbers embossed on the cards. In addition, detectives found 43 gift cards valued at $5,500 and other merchandise that was purchased with the fraudulent credit cards.

Detectives arrested 30-year-old Yosvany Fauret of Coral Gables, 30-year-old Yadian Pinero of Naples, and 34-year-old Jonney Infante of Miami. All three are charged with one count each of Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards.

"With massive data breaches being reported by major retailers almost weekly, there is little that citizens can do to prevent their personal information from being stolen, but be vigilant and always review your credit card statements closely," said Sheriff Tom Knight.

"This is the seventh major credit card fraud case in Sarasota County this year, and whether you're the guy stealing the data, cloning the cards or buying them for $30 each on the street, we are committed to ensuring criminals are punished for these crimes."

 

Person of Interest Sought
in Residential Burglaries


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Office District detectives need help in identifying and locating a man who is a person of interest in at least two residential burglaries reported over the weekend in the Englewood area.


Over the weekend, two people who live on Kingfisher Drive in the Englewood area reported that someone had entered their residences, possibly while they were home. In both instances, they reported property items taken.

Detectives are asking that anyone who recognizes the man in the photograph above to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101 and ask for District Investigations.


Attorney Cites Bullying in
Teen's Suicide at School


LAKE MARY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The attorney representing the family of a 14-year-old who shot and killed himself at a Seminole County middle school said the boy was bullied for many years leading up to his death.


Above, Lamar Hawkins, deceased

Attorney Matt Morgan and the boy's family will hold a news conference Monday to further discuss the case.

Morgan said on Friday that the Greenwood Lakes Middle School student was, "a small child due to health complications at an early age. This made him an easy target for cruel and mean-spirited bullies."

Morgan said the student was bullied when the family lived in New York and came to Florida looking for their kids to have some peace, but Morgan said the bullying continued.

"The conduct of these bullies is morally reprehensible," Morgan said. "Bullying has become an epidemic in our country which needs to be recognized and acted upon."

Seminole County sheriff's deputies said the 14-year-old student's mother went to Greenwood Lakes Middle School to pick him up around 5 p.m. Wednesday but was unable to find him. She returned home and family members searched for the boy before reporting him missing to law enforcement a couple of hours later.

Deputies conducted an extensive search of the school and surrounding neighborhoods, and the boy was found dead inside a bathroom stall with a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.

Deputies said on Friday that the handgun used in the suicide belonged to the boy's father. Details on how the boy was able to obtain the gun are still under investigation.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation. Deputies are also interviewing teachers and students who may have witnessed the bullying, along with investigating social media.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Aggravated
Child Abuse, Violation of
Non-Expiring Injunction

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Gary C. Hunt, 43, of Bradenton.


Gary Hunt

The arrest report said the unnamed 14-year-old female victim in this case is Hunt's step-daughter.

On Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at about 7:30 p.m., they got into a verbal argument at their undisclosed residence because the victim wanted to go visit a friend.

The argument turned physical when the victim and Hunt got into an altercation on the master bedroom's bed. Hunt grabbed the victim's leg and she was able to get free.

The altercation moved to the master bedroom's bathroom when Hunt grabbed the victim's shoulders and held her. He then knowingly and intentionally shoved the victim with two open hands backwards onto the floor, causing her head to strike the bed frame, which caused a 2" laceration on the back of the victim's head.

EMS was called and the victim was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where she received 2 staples for her injury.

While law enforcement was investigating the incident, Hunt fled the residence on a motorcycle in an unknown direction and could not be immediately located.

The investigation revealed that Hunt had been served a permanent, non-expiring injunction for domestic violence which stated Hunt was not to come within 500 feet of the petitioner's residence, which is where the incident took place. The petitioner is the mother of the victim and was present at the time of the incident. By being at the residence, Hunt was in violation of the injunction.

Hunt was arrested later at about 10:30 p.m. at 3805 11th Avenue West, Bradenton.

He was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse and Violation of a Domestic Violence Injunction.

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


Deputy Arrests College Student
for Carrying a Concealed Gun


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Sean C. Laney, 29, of 5960 36th Street West, Bradenton.


Sean Laney

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Sept. 10th, at about 12:30 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to Coral Club apartments for a suspicious person carrying a firearm.

Upon his arrival, Lt. Thomason was standing with a white male fitting the description of the individual, who was wearing a plaid button down shirt that was worn outside his blue jean pants.

He was identified as Sean Laney.

Laney was carrying a Smith and Wesson full size M & P .45 caliber handgun that was fully loaded with a round in the chamber, in his right rear pocket, covered by his shirt.

Post-Miranda, Laney told the deputy he is a student at SCF college, working on his AA degree.

He said he as studying his chemistry and wanted to get a soft drink and a chocolate bar, so he walked to his car with the gun in his hand, then placed it in his back pocket with the shirt covering it.

Laney7 said he got to the store and left the gun in his car and when he arrived back at his apartment complex, he parked near 35th Street West and took the gun in his hand at first, then concealed the gun in his right rear pocket, placing the tails of his plaid shirt over the top of it, "entirely concealing the firearm."

Laney was asked if he had a concealed weapons permit, to which he replied, "No."

Laney was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

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


Man Arrested for Felony
Shoplifting Offense


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Zachariah P. Oke, 36, of 10130 7th Street West, Palmetto.


Zachariah Oke

The arrest report from BPD said on Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at about 3 p.m., Oke entered the Walmart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West.

He proceeded to the men's clothing section, took a hat, took the price tag off and placed the hat on his head.

After that, he went into the women's section of the store and was observed by loss prevention personnel taking women's clothing.

Then he went to the grocery section and took multiple packages of meat.

Following that, he went into the electronics section and took a DVD player.

He proceeded to the self check-out register and was observed using a barcode valued at .20 cents on each and all of the merchandise he had taken. The receipt total came out to be $1.50, but the real price of the merchandise was $208.84.

He exited the store and was apprehended by loss prevention personnel.

A criminal history check revealed 3 prior convictions for the same crime.

He was therefore charged with Felony Petit Theft.

He remains in custody in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,500 at this time.


Woman Arrested for Domestic
Battery on Sister, 71 Years Old


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Lynette Williams, 58, of 2904 5th Street East, Bradenton.


Lynette Williams

The arrest report said on Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at about 2:15 p.m., Williams and her unnamed sister, who is 71 years old, were having a verbal disagreement that turned physical.

Lynette picked up a stemmed glass cup and threw it at her sister, striking her in the head and causing a mnior abrasion on the top of her head.

Lynette allegedly admitted to striking her sister because they were fighting.

Lynette had been drinking for several hours prior to the event and was extremely intoxicated, the report said.

She was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital to be cleared prior to being transported to jail.

Lynette was charged with Domestic Battery on a Person Over 65.

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


Man Stole, Pawned Two
Concrete Saws from
Employer


HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Matthew Burnett, 33, of 5160 16th Avenue East, Palmetto.


Matthew Burnett

The arrest report from HBPD said Burnett was an employee of Lapense Plumbing, 401 Manatee Avenue West, in Holmes Beach.

On Tuesday, Sept. 9th, Burnett took two Stihl concrete saws, valued at $1,300 each for a total theft of $2,600, from Lapense and pawned them at a Manatee County pawn shop.

The saws had been placed in the back of Burnett's business truck. He is responsible for the items on his work truck, which he takes home each night to his residence.

Post-Miranda, Burnett admitted to taking the saws which belonged to Lapense Plumbing and pawning the saws. He said he pawned other tools as well, but is not sure which tools belonged to Lapense and which tools belong to him.

The victim told police there was other missing equipment and the contents of the truck would be inventoried at a later date.

Burnett was arrested and charged with Grand Theft and two counts of Violation of Probation for a charge of Grand Theft and a charge of False Information to a Pawn Shop.

Burnett remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time without a bail bond.


Report: Man Shot by
Unknown Person


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting incident that occurred early Friday.

The report said the shooting occurred on Friday, Sept. 13th, at about 1 a.m., at 1419 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.

The very brief report said Fredrico Leon, no age or address given, was shot once in the leg by an unknown male.

Leon was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound.

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.


Man Charged with Attempted
2nd Degree Murder in Stabbing


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Calvin J. White, 28, of the 2100 block of Outer Drive, Sarasota.


Calvin White

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, September 13th, at approximately 1:15 a.m., deputies responded to the 5600 block of Granada Drive, the location of Garden Grove Apartments, regarding a stabbing.

Upon arriving on scene, deputies located a 24-year-old male, later identified as Joseph Viqueira, 24, of the 8700 block of Vamo Road, Sarasota, inside the apartment with a stab wound to the chest.

Viqueira was flown to a local trauma canter by a medical helicopter and was listed in critical condition.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Section have charged Calvin White with Attempted Second Degree Murder of Joseph Viqueira, 24, of the 8700 Blk Vamo Rd, Sarasota.

Calvin White is booked into the Sarasota County Jail.

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


3 Arrested Following Undercover
Operation Targeting Prostitution

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, September 11th, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes.

The operation was conducted in the 4200 block of N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Three individuals were arrested for Solicitation for Prostitution. One of the three men was additionally charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Those arrested were:

Robert Ware, 39, 512 Adelia Avenue, Sarasota, charged with Solicitation for Prostitution, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and Possession of Paraphernalia;

Fernando Vidalcabrera, 42, 2635 Browning Street, Sarasota, charged with Solicitation for Prostitution; and

Rodrigue Macharie, 43, 27510 Tierra Del Fuego Circle, Punta Gorda, charged with Solicitation for Prostitution.


Minor Traffic Infraction Leads
to Discovery of Drugs, Money


PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday night, Sept. 12th, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Punta Gorda Police Officer Kelvin Jimenez stopped a car traveling north on US 41 for operating a vehicle without headlights.


Barbara Allen

Prior to the vehicle coming to a stop, Officer Jimenez witnessed the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle swerve to the edge of the road and throw a black object out of the window.

When Officer Jimenez contacted the driver, identified as Barbara Jeanette Allen of 11986 82nd Avenue North, Seminole, Florida, she denied throwing anything from the vehicle.

A back-up officer was quickly able to locate the black object which turned out to be a zipper case containing numerous plastic baggies containing the following; approximately 116 grams (4.1 ounces) of Methamphetamine, approximately 5 grams of powder Cocaine, approximately 3 grams of Crack Cocaine and an electronic scale. The drugs were estimated to have a street-value of approximately $10,000.

A search of the vehicle yielded approximately $1,700.00 in cash bundled in a manner consistent with drug trafficking and plastic baggies that matched the ones found in the black case thrown from the vehicle.

Allen was subsequently charged with Trafficking of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell or Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Allen was transported to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Jail where she was held without bond and the vehicle was towed.


Police: George Zimmerman
Threatened to Kill Man in
Road Rage Incident


LAKE MARY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported George Zimmerman threatened to kill a driver during a road rage incident in Lake Mary and later showed up at the man's workplace, according to police.

The road rage incident happened Tuesday, Lake Mary police told WKMG, but the other driver declined to press charges, so Zimmerman was not arrested.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, called police after a truck pulled up next to him and the driver yelled, "Why are you pointing a finger at me?"

The man pulled into the Circle K at 4410 W. Lake Mary Blvd. to call 911, according to police, who added that driver followed him into the parking lot but took off before police arrived.

Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said the man recognized the truck driver as Zimmerman. The man said Zimmerman, who was carrying a gun, asked, "Do you know who I am?" before saying, "I'll (f***ing) kill you."

Two days later, the man said he saw Zimmerman in his truck outside his workplace. He called police but declined to press charges.

Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted last year of a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman has had a string of issues since his murder trial, including a domestic violence incident with his estranged wife, visiting a gun manufacturing facility in Brevard County and rescuing a family from an overturned SUV.

Zimmerman was arrested in November 2013 on aggravated assault, battery-domestic violence, and criminal mischief charges in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, Samantha Schiebe. The charges were later dropped, WKMG said.


 

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