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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 August 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Manslaughter
in Shooting that Appeared
Accidental at the Time

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kyle Guessford, 22, of 2785 50th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Kyle Guessford

As NewsManatee earlier reported, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office was investigating a shooting incident wherein one man died at the hands of his roommate; the sheriff's office said so far the shooting 'appears to be accidental.'

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, June 7th, at about 9:30 p.m., Kyle Guessford, 22, and Austin Brunson, also 22, were living at 2785 50th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Two other people were at the residence visiting.

Kyle was in his room checking out several accessories he had just purchased for his pistol.

Kyle exited his room with his firearm in his hand.

As he entered the living room area, he switched the weapon mounted flashlight on and the firearm discharged.

The projectile struck Austin in the head and he was pronounced deceased upon the arrival of EMS.
There was no fighting or arguing prior to the incident, the report said, which appears to be accidental.

Guessford has been charged with Manslaughter.

At this time, he remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Woman Stabs Man in
Left Arm; Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Julie MacMillan, 43, of 247 Cape Harbour Loop, in Bradenton.


Julie MacMillan

A sheriff's report said Kevin Tierney, 46, MacMillan are involved in a domestic type relationship.

On Tuesday, August 19th, at about 2:30 a.m., Tierney was returning home. As he unlocked and opened the door using his key, MacMillan kicked him in the groin.

MacMillan then stabbed Tierney in the left upper bicep near his armpit.

Upon arrival of deputies, MacMillan was taken into custody without incident and later transported to jail.

Tierney was later transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of a minor, non-life threatening, injury.


MacMillan was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery.

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


Winn-Dixie Cashier Busted for
Grand Theft by Embezzlement


PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Brandon McCrary, 26, of 621 11th Street Drive West, in Palmetto.


Brandon McCrary

The arrest report said McCrary has been working as a cashier for the Winn-Dixie store located at 515 7th Street west, for about 1 1/2 months.

A loss prevention employee told a Palmetto Police Department officer that McCrary had been taking money from the cash register since August 2nd, 2014. The total amount stolen was $1,051.41. The loss prevention employee provided video surveillance evidence.

After he was read his Miranda rights, McCrary told the PPD officer that he stole the money due to hard times. He admitted the theft, saying he "did it to pay bills and such."

McCrary was arrested and charged with Grand Theft by Embezzlement.

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


BPD Dep. Chief Commends
Two Officers for Saving
Woman's Life

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department's Dep. Chief, Warren Merriman, has commended two officers for saving a woman's life.

A police report said while Master Patrol Officer Hutchko was conducting Traffic Enforcement near Ballard Elementary School, he was flagged down regarding a 28-year-old unnamed female who was unresponsive.

MPO Hutchko found the female laying on the floor of her apartment without a pulse and not breathing.

MPO Hutchko began CPR and was later assisted by Sgt. Weldon, Sr.

CPR was performed by both officers until BFD and EMS arrived.

The female later regained consciousness and began breathing on her own.

The female was later transported to MMH for further treatment.

Dep. Chief Merriman said, "I want to commend M.P.O. Christopher Hutchko, and Sgt. William Weldon for their successful life-saving efforts today. Without their life-saving measures and training, this subject would not have survived to be admitted for further treatment. The officers' actions speak highly of their dedication to the citizens of the City of Bradenton. Job Well Done!"


Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight
Selected for Leadership Florida

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight has been selected to attend Leadership Florida, a statewide community of leaders actively engaged in understanding this state.


Above, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight

The mission of Leadership Florida is to enhance and recharge the leadership skills of its carefully chosen members and to educate and inspire them to work across their strengths and diversities for a better Florida.

The first session of Class XXXIII (33) will be in Howey-in-the-Hills September 10-12, 2014, learning about Florida's history, demographics, economy, politics and diversity. The following sessions will take place in Sarasota, Pensacola, Tallahassee and Miami before wrapping up in St. Petersburg at the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting.

"I am honored to join a great family of Floridians committed to creating new opportunities for our state," said Sheriff Knight. "This program will allow me to connect with peers and bring new viewpoints and opportunities back to Sarasota County."

Leadership Florida is the only organization that takes a statewide view of the conditions and challenges that face the state and offers a leadership continuum that expands the impact of community leaders across the state. Leadership Florida was created in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and is now more than 800 members strong.


Detectives Ask Help to ID
Two Men Who Stole Boat


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify two subjects who were seen on camera hooking a boat up to a trailer and taking it from Lucky’s Boat Yard, 1684 11th Street, in Sarasota on between 2:50 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on August 15, 2014.

The two subjects, seen on camera in the video here http://youtu.be/lAeBGzyNDBg , appear to use a key to enter the boat yard. They used a two-toned Ford F250 or F350 with a sunroof to remove the 29-foot Wellcraft boat that was later recovered in Miami.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Darrell Nixon at 941-954-7078 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com


Truck Reported Stolen,
Recovered, Stolen Again


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A truck that was reported stolen last Friday and then located on Saturday was stolen again just hours after the owner got it back.


The victim initially reported that his truck, a 2005 gold Dodge 4 door 4x4 pickup truck, was stolen out of the driveway of his Humboldt Street home in Englewood. He indicated he had last seen his truck at about 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th, but noticed it was missing mid-day on Friday August 15th.

After conducting their investigation, deputies listed the vehicle as stolen in the nationwide computer system.

Early Saturday morning, deputies responded to the area of Mississippi Avenue and Placida Road concerning a vehicle that had been abandoned in the roadway. A check of the tag, M787NC, confirmed it was the Dodge pickup reported stolen the previous day. The vehicle was processed for evidence and eventually returned to the owner.

However, about two hours after the vehicle was returned to the owner, it was taken again.

At the time of the second theft, the rear window of the truck had been smashed. The attached photo is not the actual vehicle, but representative of what it would look like. The actual vehicle has two silver colored diamond plated tool boxes in the bed of the truck, one toward the front and one toward the rear of the bed.

Anyone with information on the location of the vehicle or the identity of the person who took it is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Mom Left 1-Year-Old in
Hot Car, Cops Say

LEESBURG, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Leesburg police arrested a woman they say left her 1-year-old daughter in her vehicle in a parking lot on Sunday afternoon as temperatures rose above 90 degrees.

Shannon Mixer, 34, has been charged with child abuse in the Sunday afternoon incident. Police said the caller reported the baby was left with the vehicle running at 10601 US 441 for about 20 minutes at around 1:40 p.m.

When police arrived, they found Mixer placing items from Publix in the vehicle, along with a bag from LJ's package with liquor, and told her someone was concerned that she may have left a baby in the car, according to the report.

Mixer then told police, "I know, but it was only for a minute and the car is running." Police said the girl was in the back seat with her skin clammy, her face flushed and her hair was showing signs of sweat.

Police also said the vehicle was "uncomfortably warm with the air conditioner unable to maintain a cool environment."

Mixer told police that she went to LJ's, ran back out to check on her baby and she was fine, so she went to Publix for cigarettes and Gatorade.

"I don't like to leave my daughter in the car for more than five minutes but was in the store for seven minutes," Mixer told police in the report.

The caller told police he didn't see Mixer return to the car for as long as he was in the parking lot, which was about 20 minutes. He called police after about 10 minutes, according to the report.

Mixer also said that she had left her baby in the car alone about six times and had just left her alone in the vehicle earlier in the day, according to police.

Police said Mixer's only questions were about her vehicle being removed from the parking lot and how she could bond out of jail.

Mixer was arrested and the baby's father was called to pick the child up.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

State Fire Marshal, Detective
Arrest Man for Arson, Death
Threats of Three People

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office have arrested Randy Wilson, 39, of 3715 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Randy Wilson

According to the arrest report, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue units responded to a reported extinguished structure fire at the above location. The date of the incident was Friday, August 15th, at 02:11 am.

Two engines and a Battalion Chief responded to the reported incident. Two Manatee County EMS ambulances also responded.

Cedar Hammock units arrived within 5 minutes of receiving the call from the Manatee County 911 center with no fire conditions showing.

After investigating, the engine company officer found an area on the exterior of the home with minor smoke damage. The engine company officer also detected a strong odor of what appeared to be a hydrocarbon based material.

Cedar Hammock Fire Prevention Bureau and the Florida State Fire Marshal's office investigated the area of the fire and determined that the fire was incendiary in nature. A 2-gallon fuel container was found lying upside down about 200 feet away.

The smoke damage to the home was very minor.

Following that, the sheriff's office arrested Wilson. He was determined to be the perpetrator of the fire. Wilson was found riding his bike inside Sunset Village.

Wilson had gotten into a physical altercation about 5-10 minutes prior to the discovery of the fire of the residence owned by John Bell. Bell, Heather Hubner and Daniel Hipps had overheard phone calls by Wilson making death threats.

The three civilians, occupants of the home, were transported to area hospitals for apparent assault related injuries.

Wilson was charged with Arson and 3 counts of Attempted Murder.

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


Bradenton Police Searching
for Sex Offender on Warrant

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is actively searching for Elvis Maybell, 37, of Bradenton.


Elvis Maybell

Maybell is a registered Sexual Offender and has an active arrest warrant for Failure of Sex Offender to Properly Register with D.H.S.M.V.

Mr. Maybell may possibly be located in Arcadia or DeSoto County, Florida.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300, 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.


Woman Arrested for Vehicle
Burglary, Theft, Holding Pot


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cara Dolan, 36, of Bradenton.


Cara Dolan

The arrest report said on Saturday, August 16th, at about 4:15 p.m., Dolan was outside of Lowe’s, 4012 14th Street West, Bradenton, breaking into cars.

When approached by Lowe’s personnel, she fled to her car and attempted to leave, but was stopped by employees.

Upon arrival of deputies, she appeared to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic.

A search of her purse resulted in a small amount of Marijuana.

She was arrested and charged with Vehicle Burglary, Petit Theft, Possession of Marijuana and DUI.

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


Woman Victim of Strong
Arm Robbery, She Claims

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported a strong arm robbery that occurred on Monday, August 18th, at about 3:45 a.m., in the 5800 block of 11th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Laticha Alvarez stated she was walking along 11th Street East when she was jumped by by Carolyn Luna, 37.

Luna then took $20 from inside her shirt.

Alvarez had minor injuries and declined EMS.

Luna then fled the scene and has not been located, the report said.


Man Reportedly Drowned
for Unknown Reason


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a drowning that occurred on Sunday, August 17th, at about 5:45 p.m.

A sheriff's report said Jonathan M. Vain's wife, Lisa Vain, stated she went to the store and was gone about 20 minutes.

When she returned to her residence at 5119 119th Terrace East, in Lakeside Preserve, she found her husband at the bottom of the pool unresponsive.

She pulled him from the pool and notified 911.

Mr. Vain, 40, was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, the report said.


Convicted Felon Arrested for
Pawning Stolen Jewelry

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a convicted felon for pawning jewelry that was stolen in two Kensington Park burglaries.


Kristjan Newman

Intelligence Unit Detectives began investigating Kristjan Newman, 29, after discovering he pawned several pieces of women's jewelry at five different locations in north Sarasota earlier this month.

Newman is a violent felony offender who was previously in prison for Armed Burglary, Dealing in Stolen Property and other crimes.

Detectives also determined he had been associating with several known subjects in the Kensington Park subdivision, so Crime Analysts researched criminal activity in Kensington Park and found two burglary reports in which women's jewelry was stolen from homes on Prudence Drive and Monica Parkway.

Detectives contacted both victims who identified the jewelry pawned by Newman as theirs.

Newman is charged with six counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and six counts of Providing False Ownership Information on a Pawn Slip. He is also charged with Violation of Probation.


SPD Needs Help to ID Two Men
Who Stole Purse at Walgreens

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify two men who were caught on camera stealing a purse from behind a counter at Walgreens at 3901 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.


At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 10th, the two subjects entered the store. Subject two walked around the counter, looked at the cash register and walked away from the counter.

He returned a short time later and took the victim’s purse from behind the counter and left the store.

The two suspects were seen arriving and leaving the store in a gold four-door vehicle.

They were described as a Black male, approximately 40 years old, heavyset, goatee and last seen wearing a tan and gray shirt; and a Black male, 20’s, last seen wearing a black t-shirt and a white, red and black hat.

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.


Man Takes 2 Computer
Monitors from Wal-Mart

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sheriff’s Office detectives are attempting to identify a man who walked out of the Murdock area Wal-Mart late without paying for them late Sunday night.


Shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17th, witnesses reported seeing a man exit the normally-closed general merchandise side of the Wal-Mart Super Center, located at 19100 Murdock Circle in Port Charlotte. The man was pulling a shopping cart containing what was initially thought to have been televisions.

During the investigation, deputies learned the items in the cart were actually two computer monitors valued at a total of more than $1,000. The man walked passed all points of sale without paying for the monitors.

He is described as being about 6 ft. tall with curly brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts.

After he exited the store, the witnesses saw him get into a dark colored 4-door sedan, possibly a Nissan. Someone else was driving the vehicle and there may have been two other people in the car.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man or the vehicle involved in this incident is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101 (ask for District Detectives), or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Woman, 74, Knocked Unconscious,
Purse Snatched at Publix Store


OCOEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- There was a new lead Sunday night in the search for a man who attacked a 74-year-old grandmother, stealing her purse at an Ocoee Publix, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Charlotte Dunaway said her attacker or his accomplices used her credit card at a gas station nearby the Publix on Silver Star Road shortly after the attack that sent her to the hospital.

It was all caught on surveillance video which shows Dunaway walking inside the store as a man yanks her purse, sending her slamming to the ground, where she was knocked unconscious.

Dunaway hopes sharing her story and putting the man's picture on TV will help police identify him. He's seen on the video leaving the Publix with Dunaway's purse followed by two alleged male accomplices.

Dunaway spent her first night away from the hospital Saturday, after internal bleeding in her head stopped and doctors allowed her to go home.

She told WKMG she's slowly recovering from a broken collar bone, bruises all over her body and intense pain.

"I could have been killed the way they slammed me, the way he slammed me on that floor and with the head injury I have he could have murder on his hands," said Dunaway.

Ocoee police have yet to reveal if they have any leads on Dunaway's attacker or his alleged partners, WKMG said.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Man, 22, Arrested for Engaging
13-Year-Old Boy in Mutual
Oral Sex, Using Computer
to Travel to Solicit a Minor

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kyle Ostromecky, 22, of St. Petersburg.


Kyle Ostromecky

According to the arrest report, a 13-year-old resident of Manatee County was vacationing at a resort on Treasure Island with his family.

Using a dating site, the 22-year-old defendant communicated with the victim. The communication migrated to text messaging and plans were made to meet up and engage in sexual activity.

The defendant drove to the resort and the child snuck out of his room and met him.

The child entered the defendant’s vehicle where they engaged in consensual sex acts, i.e., mutual oral sex.

The child then returned to his room without detection.

A short time after the family returned, the parents were looking through their child’s phone. While looking through it, they noticed suspicious activity.

The parents questioned the child and he disclosed what happened at the resort. The parents notified law enforcement.

On August 14th, 2014 the defendant again solicited the minor for a sex act using a computer device and then traveled from Pinellas County to Manatee County with the intent to commit a lewd and lascivious battery.

The defendant arrived at a predetermined location where he was arrested without incident.

The defendant will have additional charges filed by the Treasure Island Police Department.

He was charged with Lewd & Lascivious Battery on a Minor, 12-15 Years of Age, Using a Computer to Lure a Child, and Using a Computer to Travel to Engage in Illicit Sex Acts with a Minor.

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


Man Charged with Child Abuse
after Pushing Child, Threat
to Slice Girlfriend's Throat

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ray Clifford Smith, 40, of 412 28th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Ray Smith

According to the arrest report, Ray, Mary Ozturk and a 3-year-old boy live together as a family unit. Mary and Ray have been dating for over two years. They do not share a child in common, but Ray is the 3-year-old boy's full time caregiver.

On Wednesday, August 13th, at about 11 p.m., Mary and Ray were engaged in a heated argument over the allegations that Mary was a prostitute.

Ray told a deputy they also argued over a scooter that Ray was looking to purchase.

During the argument, Mary was in the living room getting ready to enter the kitchen when she heard Ray getting mad with the unnamed boy when they were in the hallway.

When Mary turned around, concerned for the child, she saw the boy getting pushed into the corner of the wall.

The boy immediately began crying and holding his head. He ran screaming to Mary for help.

Ray said, "I didn't do it, I didn't do it."

The argument continued until Ray left the house for a while. When he returned, he became mad again at Mary, accusing her again of being a prostitute.

The argument escalated when Ray threatened to slice Mary's throat while she was asleep.

Mary, fearing for her life and that of the boy, attempted to call 911. Ray told her not to call or things would get bad.

Dispatch received the abandoned 911 call from Mary and a deputy was dispatched.

While in the area, the deputy requested dispatch to call the number again. Mary received the call, at which point she informed the dispatcher that she was in danger and told the dispatcher what Ray had told her.

When the deputy arrived at the residence, he observed Ray entering the home as he pulled up.

The deputy spoke with Mary to figure out what was happening. He then spoke with the boy away fro his mother. The boy informed the deputy on his own that Ray ("poppy") pushed him because he was mad at him.

The deputy felt thee top of the boy's head and felt a golf ball size bump developing.

EMS responded to the scene per Mary's request, but the boy did not need further medical treatment at the time.

Ray was arrested and charged with Child Abuse without Great Harm.

He was later released from the Manatee County Jail after posting a bail bond of $2,500.


Woman Violates Probation,
Arrested for Prostitution
Again...Plus VOP

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jennifer Leigh Spenard, 35, allegedly a transient living in Manatee County.


Jennifer Spenard

The arrest report said on Thursday, August 14th, 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 3:30 p.m., he spotted Spenard walking at an undisclosed location.

He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Spenard agreed to allow the U/C detective to have anal sex with her in exchange for $50.

She was arrested by the takedown team without incident.

A criminal history showed that Spenard was previously convicted of Prostitution in July of 2014.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution and Violation of Probation.

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


Man with Six Prior Theft
Convictions Arrested Again

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Ace Barbee, 32, of 701 17th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Ace Barbee

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 13th, at about 3:30 p.m., Barbee entered the Walmart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West, in Bradenton.

Loss prevention personnel observed him conceal items in Walmart grocery bags and attempt to leave the store.

Upon loss prevention personnel approaching Barbee, he resisted attempts to apprehend him by tensing up and pulling away violently.

A witness assisted in getting Barbee under control and into custody.

The value of the items stolen and recovered was $240.25.

A criminal history check revealed that Barbee had six prior convictions for retail theft.

He was charged with Felony Petit Theft, and also charged with 3 counts of Violation of Community Control and 3 counts of Violation of Drug Court.

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


Myakka Woman Dies,
Wimauma Woman Critical
Following Head-On Collision


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal collision between two vehicles on Thursday, August 14th, at about 5:15 p.m., on County Road 675 near Rye Road, in East Manatee County.

The FHP report said a 1997 Ford Expedition being driven by Reyna Acosta, 29, of Wimauma, was traveling westbound on CR 675, two miles west of Rye Road.

A second vehicle, a 2002 Chevy Malibu being driven by Vivienne Rawlinson, 67, of Myakka, was traveling eastbound on CR 675, two miles west of Rye Road.

For unexplained reasons, the Ford crossed the center line of the road in a head-on type collision with the Chevy.

After impact, Acosta came to final rest off the road on the north shoulder and was subsequently airlifted to Blake Medical Center Trauma Unit with critical injuries.

The Chevy came to final rest on the south shoulder of the road, facing east. The impact caused Ms. Rawlinson to sustain fatal injuries. She expired at the scene.

Criminal charges are unknown at this time. Both Acosta and Rawlinson's body will be tested for alcohol.


Man Beaten, Robbed by
Three Hispanic Males


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery that occurred on Thursday, August 14th, at about 11 p.m., in the 4900 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Chales Bevans, 51, left a bar and began riding home towards Heather Hills.

As he was getting ready to enter the Pic Town Mobile Home park, he was cut off by the suspect vehicle.

According to the victim, three Hispanic males exited their truck, said nothing to him and immediately knocked him off his bike.

The robbers then hit and kicked the victim about his head and upper body before loading his bike into the bed of their truck and fleeing the area.

Neither the men nor their truck were described in the report.

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


Attempted Strong Arm Robbery
by 4-6 Black Males Reported


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted strong arm robbery that occurred on Saturday, August 16th, at about 7:30 a.m., on 1st Avenue at 21st Street East, in Palmetto.

A sheriff's report said 4-6 Black males, 16-19 years old, knocked the victim, Fernando Martinez-Hernandez, 51, off his bike and tried to remove his wallet from his back pocket.

A resident saw what was happening and yelled at the suspects.

The suspects fled north from the area on foot, failing to take the victim's property.

The victim was treated on scene for minor cuts and scrapes.

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.


Bradenton Fire Department Urges
Driver Awareness as Student
Go Back to School

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On August 18th-20th, the City of Bradenton Fire Department will help welcome students back to school while reminding drivers on busy thoroughfares to once again be mindful of pedestrians and school zones.

From approximately 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., and again from 2:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m., BFD vehicles will be staged near seven schools within the City, with lights on and awareness banners posted. Fire personnel will greet students traveling to and from school, and be the presence that drivers need to remind them to obey posted speed limits and keep an eye out for pedestrians.

The schools where BFD vehicles will be stationed are:

~ Ballard Elementary (912 18th Street West) staging at/near 9th Avenue West and 18th Street West;

~ Manatee Elementary (1609 6th Avenue East) staging at/near 5th Avenue East (aka Manatee Avenue) and 17th Street East;

~ Miller Elementary (601 43rd Street West) staging at/near Manatee Avenue West and 43rd Street West;

~ Moody Elementary (5425 38th Avenue West) and Sugg Middle (3801 59th Street West) staging at/near 59th Street West and 38th Avenue West;

~ Sea Breeze Elementary (3601 71st Street West) staging along 71st Street West; and

~ Wakeland Elementary (1812 27th Street East) staging along 27th Street East.

According to the CDC, there is "one pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip." and children are at a greater risk due to their size, inability to judge distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules.

This is the fourth year that the BFD has participated in such an event.

Additional safety information for children and drivers can be found at the National Safety Council.


SSO Arrested Man for
Child Pornography


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, working in conjunction with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, has arrested a Venice man for downloading child pornography.


Timothy Gaunt

Detectives determined that a particular Internet Protocol (IP) address was used to download 143 files that contained images which were previously identified as files containing child pornography images and videos. The downloads occurred between November 13, 2012 and April 8, 2014.

Through the legal process detectives learned that Comcast leased the IP address to a customer at 620 Sheridan Drive.

Detectives, with the assistance of the Intelligence Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and ICAC executed a search warrant at the home Friday morning, August 15th, and located one desktop computer. The customer's son, Timothy Gaunt, 30, admitted the images were his. A preliminary forensic scan of the computer revealed a sample of 18 images or videos depicting sexual conduct by a child.

Gaunt is charged with 18 counts of Possession of Sexual Performance by a Child.

Additional charges are pending upon completion of the investigation.


Papa John's Pizza Robbery
Suspect in Custody

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested the man suspected of robbing employees of the Papa John's on South Tuttle Avenue at knifepoint Sunday night, August 10, 2014.


Scott Sebor

Witnesses described the suspect as a tall, thin White male in his 40s with sunken cheeks and tan skin, dressed in a blue/green shirt, hat and sunglasses.

During a perimeter search deputies found the suspect's bicycle, items of clothing and a knife.

At the time, deputies located a man matching the description of the suspect who was running without a shirt or shoes.

Scott Sebor, 44, 1500 Russell Avenue, Sarasota, said he was out for a run and claimed he was barefoot because he was a Florida boy.

At the time, one of the witnesses could not identify Sebor as the suspect so he was released.

Detectives later interviewed other employees who had close contact with the suspect and they identified Sebor in photo lineups.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Sebor and he turned himself in to the Sarasota County Jail on Thursday night, August 14th.

Sebor is charged with Armed Robbery, his 13th arrest for crimes including Aggravated Stalking, Trafficking in Cocaine and multiple drug possession charges.


Schools Resume on Monday;
Watch Out for Students


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- As Charlotte County’s public schools resume session on Monday, Sheriff Bill Prummell reminds motorists to be especially careful when going through school zones and when near school buses that may be picking up or dropping off students.

“It can sometimes take a few weeks for drivers to get used to the routine of having school zone lights flashing again at certain times of the day,” Sheriff Bill Prummell said. “So we want to remind everyone to remember to slow down and watch out for children, particularly at bus stops and crossing zones. If necessary, leave a little early so you don’t feel rushed.”

The Sheriff’s Office’s Traffic Safety Team, as well as on-duty patrol deputies, will be increasing their patrols in and around the schools next week, with a special emphasis around the elementary and middle schools. Deputies will be looking for those who may be exceeding the 15 mph speed limit in the posted school zones, as well as drivers who violate laws involving stopped school buses.

It is not just cars speeding through school zones that could pose a danger to students. Parents who may be driving their children to school need to make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly seat-belted in their seat.

If your children are walking or biking to school, make sure they know the correct route to take and to obey the directions of the crossing guards. If this is their first time walking to a new school, you may want to practice walking the route with them. And, of course, if they are biking, make sure they are wearing their properly fitted bike helmet.

The School Resource Officers will be making a special effort to be available to meet students and parents when they arrive at their schools next week.

“We are really happy that we once again have a school resource officer assigned to each public school in the county,” Sheriff Prummell said.


Duo Arrested after Abusing,
Locking Children in Closet

POLK COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Polk County couple was arrested on Thursday after deputies say they abused an 11 year-old boy and 12-year-old girl by locking the children in a closet, shaving one child's head and drugging her, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Above, Sean Pearson and Jessica Rowland

Sean Pearson, 33, and his girlfriend, Jessica Rowland, 21, have been charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of false imprisonment.

Deputies were called to Pearson's home on Lazy Lake Drive East and talked with the 12-year-old girl who said the duo had used forms of "discipline" leaving bruises on her, according to the report.

Pearson and Rowland told deputies they gave the girl Pearson's adult prescription of Depakote on several occasions to "calm her down" because she "gets out of control." When the girl wouldn't take the pills, they would force them down her throat, according to deputies.

Deputies said Pearson would tie the girl’s wrists together and to a beam above her head and cover the girl's mouth when she screamed.

According to the report, Pearson and Rowland would also encourage the children to fight each other and made fun of them when they refused.

Pearson, who said he learned forms of child discipline from reading books and "the military," and Rowland were booked into Polk County Jail on no bond.

The children are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

Pearson was arrested in 2005 on sexual battery by suspect over 18 on victim under 12, but the charge was downgraded to child abuse, according to records. He received probation, WKMG said.


FHP to Conduct Drunk Driving
Campaign for Two Weeks


TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/FHP -- The Florida Highway Patrol will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through Labor Day on Sept. 1.


The Patrol will join law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from our roadways in an effort to save lives.

“Take a shot at drinking and driving, and we’ll provide the chaser,” said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. “The choice to drink and drive is a bad decision that could have grave consequences. Be responsible, don’t drink and drive.”

To arrive at your destination safely, ALWAYS:

~ Drive sober, and only sober
~ Buckle up
~ Eliminate distractions
~ If you do drink, plan ahead and have a designated driver
~ Observe and obey all speed limits

The campaign coincides with the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend which marks the traditional end of the summer travel season.

All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday. FHP Auxiliary troopers also will volunteer to augment the Patrol during the travel period.

The Patrol's increased presence throughout Florida will deter traffic violations and enhance services to motorists who break down or who need other assistance while traveling.

Call*FHP (*347) if you see an impaired or aggressive driver, or to request roadside assistance.


 

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