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~ LOCAL/STATE 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 proved guilty in a court of law.

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Week of April 13, 2014 - April 19, 2015

~ Friday's Local/State News ~

Robbery, Attempted Sexual Battery
Suspect Captured in Ohio,
Just Days After Crime

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported that Maurice Feliciano Delapaz, White Male, 30, of 30620 Lake Pasadena Road, in Dade City, Florida, has been captured in Ohio.


Maurice Delapaz

As NewsManatee reported yesterday, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery and attempted sexual battery that occurred on Monday, April 14th, at about 2:30 a.m., at an undisclosed convenience store located in North Parrish. The sheriff's office is not releasing the exact address due to the fact it was also an attempted sexual battery.

A sheriff's report said at approximately 2:30 Monday morning, the suspect entered the store.

The suspect walked around the counter and removed approximately 40 dollars from the cash register.

He told the victim, a 27-year-old White female, he had a gun and was reaching under his shirt as he stated this to her.

After he removed the money from the register, he attempted to sexually assault the victim.

The victim was able to break away from the suspect and ran out of the store.

The suspect fled the scene on foot.

On 04/15/15 arrest warrants were obtained charging Maurice Feliciano Delapaz with Attempted Sexual Battery, Armed Robbery and False Imprisonment.

Delapaz was located in Trot Wood, Ohio, after fleeing the state.

He was arrested on the outstanding warrants by Trot Wood Police Department.

He remains in jail in Ohio, awaiting extradition to Florida.


Inmate Accused of Robbing
Hungry Howie's Store

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has added Robbery charges to Charles Southwick III, 30, of 1502 8th Avenue West, Bradenton, currently incarcerated in the Manatee County Jail.


Charles Southwick III

The arrest report said on Wednesday, April 1st, at about 9 p.m., Southwick entered the Hungry Howie's store located at 103 301 Blvd. West, Bradenton.

He loitered around the front of the store where the cash register was located for several minutes.

When all employees leave the customer area and the customers are gone, he was seen on video camera withdrawing $482 in cash.

He then flees the store.

He was recognized by several deputies who viewed the tape and subsequently arrested at the Manatee County Jail, where he was charged with Grand Theft.

His bail bond for that crime is $1,500.


Roommate Arrested for Battery
on a Law Enforcement Officer
During Service of Warrant


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Brian E. Smith, 29, of 4117 43rd Avenue West, Bradenton.


Brian Smith

The arrest report said on April 13th, at about 6:45 a.m., warrants deputies showed up at the above location to arrest a man who had a warrant for his arrest.

The man and his roommate refused admission to the address, so one of the deputies picked the lock.

As he opened the door, Smith kicked it shut, catching the deputy's arm in the door, causing a minor injury.

Smith was taken into custody and charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.

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


Fingerprint Connects Man
to Car Burglaries


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sarasota man for burglarizing recently traded cars at a dealership after his fingerprint tied him to the crime.


Daniel Hopkins

On April 6th, someone broke into three vehicles at Gettel Hyundai, 3500 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, and stole stereos valued at around $200 each. Deputies were able to collect a single fingerprint from one of the consoles where a stereo had been removed. The sheriff's office latent print examiner soon determined the fingerprint belonged to Daniel Hopkins, 37, of 5924 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd.

Hopkins has a history of Burglary, Grand Theft, weapons charges and drug possession in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

He is charged with three counts of Burglary and three counts of Grand Theft and is being held at the Sarasota County Jail on $9,000 bond.


Man Charged with
Child Pornography

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, along with members of the Major Crimes Unit and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, served a search warrant Wednesday at a Port Charlotte home and arrested the resident for possession of child pornography.


Mitchell Beach

Mitchell Vernon Beach, 36, of 1370 Yorkshire St. in Port Charlotte, was charged with 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He is currently being held at the Charlotte County Jail on a total $100,000 bond.

The investigation began in January when members of the Computer Crimes Unit found a computer that was allowing sharing of files that had been previously confirmed as images of child pornography. The detectives obtained a subpoena and learned that the computer was located at 1370 Yorkshire Street.

Between early and mid-March 2015, the detectives were able to connect with that computer and received 25 separate images, 21 of which were consistent with child pornography. After re-confirming that the computer was located at the Yorkshire address, detectives requested a search warrant for the house.

Early Wednesday morning, April 15th, Sheriff’s Office and FBI task force members served the search warrant and located the computer in question. Computer Crimes detectives used forensic utilities to preview the computer while still on the scene and located numerous digital images. Ten initial images of confirmed child pornography were examined and form the basis of the charges.

Additional counts may be added after a complete analysis of the computer that was taken into custody.


CCSO Looking for
Runaway School Girl


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NM] -- Deputies are looking for a 16 year old Port Charlotte girl who ran away after only attending her first three classes on Thursday April 9.


Ashley Warner

Ashley Marie Warner, of Denham Street in Port Charlotte, was last seen getting on her school bus en route to Port Charlotte High School last week. She did arrive at school and attended three classes, but she did not return home after school.

She was wearing black yoga style pants, a pink and black tank top and flip flops.

Ashley is known to frequent areas of Punta Gorda.

Anyone with information on the location of Ashley Marie Warner is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101.


Two Kids Overdosed on
Dad's Prescription Pills

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- An Orange County man is facing child neglect charges after investigators say two of his children overdosed on his prescription medication, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Alec Hughes, 25, was arrested on Wednesday after two children were found unresponsive and rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital.

According to the report, the children ingested a mood stabilizer and antidepressant.

Both children are expected to make a full recovery.

Deputies said the home the children were living in was a mess with pills lying on the couch.

Hughes faces two counts of child neglect, WKMG said.


3rd Grade Teacher Busted
on Multiple Drug Charges

KISSIMMEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The principal at Central Avenue Elementary School in Kissimmee sent a letter home with students in one particular third-grade class Thursday about their teacher being arrested, according to a spokeswoman for the Osceola County School District.

Heineman was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Osceola County Jail, accused of selling prescription drugs and acid to undercover officers.

During the day Thursday, more charges were filed against Heineman, including charges she sold crystal meth.

Her bond was increased from $11,000 to $41,500, according to the jail website.

Many parents dropping their children off at school Thursday morning hadn't heard about the accusations and arrest.

"The school didn't call us. They didn't notify me or my wife. I don't like that, they should've called us," said David Ortiz.

Parents like Ortiz were happy to hear that police have Heineman in jail, but they aren't happy she was a teacher at their children's school for the last 10 years.

"I wouldn't think that a person who should be teaching young children education would have a drug issue over here. That's quite shocking to me," said William Smith, who has a daughter in fifth grade at the school.

Investigators said Heineman and Jack Lindsey, 20, (pictured, above) were arrested after undercover agents bought drugs from Lindsey several times. An informant tipped agents off to Lindsey's drug activity, officials said.

Investigators said Heineman drove Lindsey to make the sales, but the fourth time officers contacted him, they say Lindsey told them "his girl" would meet them. Police said Heineman showed up and gave the undercover officers acid and Xanax for cash.

Investigators said there's no evidence any drugs were sold on campus.

Lindsey's bond has been set at more than $50,000.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Alcoholic Ex-Boyfriend Got Drunk,
Forced Former Girlfriend to Have
Unwilling Sex with Him

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alexander D. Stepulla, 23, of 2927 31st Avenue East, in Bradenton.


Alexander Stepulla

According to the arrest report, Alexander and his victim, who NewsManatee is declining to name, are former boyfriend and girlfriend who have lived together in the past. They currently occasionally engage in consensual sexual activity, but do not live together.

On Tuesday, March 24th, at about 2 a.m., Alexander, who is an alcoholic, according to the victim's sworn affidavit, had been texting her saying that he wanted to kill himself.

She had let Alexander stay with her on Monday and Tuesday, and Monday evening when whey returned home from the bar, Alexander was intoxicated.

They got into a verbal argument that turned physical when Alexander grabbed her by the throat and pulled her hair. She struggled, broke his grasp and ran outside. She said she was too afraid to call anyone on her phone because she thought Alexander would catch her and become even more violent.

He followed her outside with a steak knife and demanded she come back inside. Fearing for her safety if she didn't, she followed him back inside.

Once inside, Alexander put the knife down, but continued yelling at her, pulling her hair and grabbing her by the throat. She tried to calm him down, but he made sexual advances toward her. She told him she didn't want to have sex with him, but he forcibly had vaginal sex with her against her will, then fell asleep with his arms around her.

She was afraid to make a move, because it might wake him.

The next day, she went to work and a co-worker convinced her to call the sheriff's office.

He was charged with Domestic Forced Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment of an Adult, and Domestic Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $52,500.


Woman Known as "Red" Captured,
with a Very Surpising Ending: It
Turns Out She Was His Hooker


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Yesterday, NewsManatee asked the public to be on the lookout for "Red," a White female with red hair who robbed a man with only one leg. She was arrested later that day and charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching. But, it turns out there was more to the story.


Kimberly Kilnowitz

On Monday, April 13th, at about 11 a.m., "Red" went to the mobile home of Clarence Coogan, also known as "Cap," asking for help, in the form of money. The incident occurred at Sunset Village Mobile Home Park, 3715 14th Street West, Bradenton.

What wasn't known at the time was that she disrobed and began "seducing" Coogan. According to him, he has used her on occasions in the past for his sexual pleasure, and would pay her for her services.

Clarence told her that she had stolen from him before and to get out of his house.

Clarence keeps his wallet in his sock because he cannot get to his pants pocket, since he is wheelchair bound.

Before leaving, "Red" grabbed the wallet from Clarence's sock, took $100 from the wallet, threw the wallet back to Clarence and fled from the residence.

Clarence has only one foot so he was not able to chase after "Red."

"Red" was described as being in her 30s, 130 pounds, and 5'2" tall.

A deputy identified Kilnowitz as the perpetrator and prepared a photo pack with her mug shot included. Coogan said he could not recognize any of the photos; apparently, he lied to the deputy, even though he had earlier admitted to the deputy that the two had a "relationship."

The deputy then went to Kilnowitz' trailer in the same park and got her version of events. Each time she told the story, it differed. But she admitted to having been in Coogan's trailer that day.

Kilnowitz was arrested and charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching.

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


Man Arrested for Fleeing from
DUI Head-On Crash Scene;
K-9 Credited with Capture


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida {NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Bernabe Santiago-Ziga, 23, of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Bernabe Santiago-Ziga and MSO K-9 Ranger

A sheriff's report said an undercover detective was traveling down 14th St. West when he observed a silver Nissan cross over traffic lanes and collide head-on with another vehicle headed the opposite direction. The Nissan then backed up and fled from the scene. The detective followed the Nissan while coordinating marked units to stop the vehicle.

K-9 Dep. Franklin was the first the catch up to the vehicle as it pulled into the driveway of a house at the 2100 block of 27th Ave. West. The driver, Bernabe Santiago-Ziga, 23, refused to obey Dep. Franklin’s commands and began to reach under the seat despite being warned about the dog possibly being released.

Dep. Franklin released his K-9, Ranger, and Ranger engaged Bernabe, causing minor lacerations.

Bernabe was taken into custody and transported to Blake Medical Center to be treated for the dog bite.

The other driver was transported to Manatee Memorial for minor injuries.

Bernabe was charged with leaving the scene and DUI, No Valid Driver License, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,620.


Young Woman Arrested for
Selling Sex on Internet

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Mariah Kay Barton, 19, a transient person.


Mariah Barton

The arrest report said on Tuesday, April 14th, at about 9:40 p.m., an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the Internet, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

He came across an ad that said "perfect personality, perfect body."

He called the phone number and made contact with the woman, later identified as Mariah Barton.

He agreed to meet her at her motel room and went there.

He made conversation with Barton, finally agreeing to let the U/C detective give her anal sex for $200.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

It was discovered that she was in Violation of two counts of Probation.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Man Stabbed Acquaintance,
Perpetrator Still on the Run

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida {NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is reportedly searching for a man by the name of Billy Anderson, according to a sheriff's report.


A sheriff's report said the unnamed victim and the suspect are acquaintances.

The suspect was visiting the victim at a residence in the 5700 block of 21st Street West, Bradenton, on Wednesday, April 14th, and at about 12:30 a.m., the suspect and the victim's girlfriend got into a verbal altercation.

The victim also engaged in the verbal altercation and the suspect rushed the victim and stabbed him several times with a knife.

The suspect then fled the scene.

The victim was transported by EMS and suffered non life threatening injuries.

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.



Drive-By Shooting at
Vehicle Reported

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported a drive-by shooting at a vehicle that occurred on Tuesday, April 14th, at about 5:15 a.m., in the 4300 block of 9th Street East, in Bradenton.


A vehicle parked in front of a residence in the 4300 block of 9th St E was shot several times around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

No one was in the vehicle at the time and no one was injured.

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.


CCSO Looking for Missing
Endangered Adult and Child

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a woman who left her parents’ residence yesterday with her six year old son; she is listed as a missing endangered adult.


Deborah Shea

Deputies are looking for Deborah B. Shea, 43, who left her parent’s house in the 100 block of Kings Highway in Port Charlotte at about 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 14th.

She was reported to have been awake for a prolonged period of time and indicated that she believed people were after her.

Shea is described as about 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighing about 110 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing jean shorts and a black shirt. She has multiples tattoos.

When Shea left her parent’s residence, she took her six year old son, Derik Joseph Shea with her.

Derik is described as being about 4 feet tall, weighing about 90 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. It was not known what type clothing Derik was wearing.

Because of Deborah’s described condition at the time she left, both she and Derik have been listed as missing and endangered. Derik is also listed as missing on the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Shea’s residence is located in the Harvey Street area of Englewood. She was reportedly seen in the area of SR 776 and Sunnybrook Road later yesterday morning.

[Ed. Note: Shea and her son were located later that day and are okay, CCSO reported.]


Florida Man, High on Flakka,
Attacked Officer, Said he was
God, Had Sex with Tree, Cops Say

MELBOURNE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Florida man believed to be high on flakka, a drug that authorities say is sweeping the state, attacked a Brevard police officer after twice being shocked with a Taser while he repeatedly saying he was God, according to officials.


Kenneth Crowder

Kenneth Crowder, 41, of Melbourne, was arrested Friday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.

According to a Melbourne police report, Crowder was spotted by witnesses running naked through a Melbourne neighborhood, yelling that he was a god before committing a sexual act on a tree.

A Melbourne police officer went to the area and confronted Crowder, who was wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt, officials said.

Crowder walked toward the officer in an aggressive manner and identified himself as God, according to police.

The officer used a Taser on Crowder, but he pulled the probes out of his body and continued to fight, police said. Crowder was shocked a second time, but he again pulled out the probes and went at the officer with clenched fists, according to police.

The officer punched Crowder in the face and a scrum ensued, with Crowder saying that he was Thor and trying to stab the officer with the officer's badge, police said.

Other officers arrived and helped subdue Crowder, who was handcuffed and shackled, police said.

Flakka is the a variation of synthetic substances known as bath salts and delivers a cheap, powerful high while acting as an amphetamine, according to officials. The drug can be snorted, smoked or taken by mouth and can cause violent behavior, officials said.

"We have spoken to some medical professionals here and they are starting to see an increase in its use (in Brevard County)," Melbourne police spokesman Dan Lynch said. "It's already in South Florida, and we think it's coming here."

Crowder, whose mug shot shows him with a black eye, was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex. He later posted bond and was released.

In 2011, federal authorities banned a number of the chemicals used in bath salts. The active ingredient in flakka, however, has not yet been banned, authorities said.


 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Be On the Lookout for "Red;"
She Robbed a Man with
Only One Leg

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for a White female, only known as "Red," because she has red hair.


On Monday, April 13th, at about 11 a.m., "Red" went to the mobile home of Clarence Coogan, also known as "Cap," asking for help. The incident occurred at Sunset Village Mobile Home Park 3715 14th Street West.

Clarence told her that she had stolen from him before and to get out of his house.

Clarence keeps his wallet in his sock because he cannot get to his pants pocket, since he is wheelchair bound.

Before leaving, "Red" grabbed the wallet from Clarence's sock, took $100 from the wallet, threw the wallet back to Clarence and fled from the residence.

Clarence has only one foot so he was not able to chase after "Red."

"Red" was described as being in her 30s, 130 pounds, and 5'2" tall.

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.


Robbery, Attempted Sexual
Battery Reported at Parrish
Convenience Store

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery and attempted sexual battery that occurred on Monday, April 14th, at about 2:30 a.m., at an undisclosed convenience store located in Parrish. The sheriff's office is not releasing the exact address due to the fact it was also an attempted sexual battery.


A sheriff's report said at approximately 2:30 Monday morning, the suspect entered the store.

The suspect walked around the counter and removed approximately 40 dollars from the cash register.

He told the victim, a 27-year-old White female, he had a gun and was reaching under his shirt as he stated this to her.

After he removed the money from the register, he attempted to sexually assault the victim.

The victim was able to break away from the suspect and ran out of the store.

The suspect fled the scene on foot.

White male, mid to late 30s, wearing a camo baseball style hat, black “Fila” shirt with a white “F” on it, black shorts and white shoes.

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.


Domestic Assault, Felony
Criminal Mischief Charges
Get Man Arrested


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Isiah R. Jones, 24, of Bradenton.


Isiah Jones

A sheriff's report said on Monday, April 13th, at about 11:45 p.m., MSO responded to the complainant's residence in the 1200 block of 26th Street Drive East, in North Manatee County, more than once in reference to multiple complaints during which charges for felony criminal mischief and domestic assault were developed for the suspect.

The suspect was located during the last response to the residence.

An attempt to to take the suspect into custody without conflict was conducted with negative results.

Commands and warnings were given to the suspect in compliance with agency policy with negative results.

A Taser was successfully deployed, resulting in immediate compliance.

Jones was taken into custody and transported without further incident.

He was charged with Domestic Asssault/Intent Threat to do Violence, Felony Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in custody in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,000.


Female Kohls Employee
Busted for Embezzlement

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Nathasha Ann Parsels, 24, of 2211 30th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.


Natasha Parsels

The arrest report said Parsels was employed by Kohls Department Store, 5205 University Parkway, Bradenton.

Over the course of a month of employment in March, Parsels stole $1,019 in cash and merchandise while working at her register. $955 plus $24 remain unaccounted for.

She was arrested and charged with Grand Theft by Embezzlement.

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


Man Already in Jail on Sex
Charges Arrested for
Throwing Water on Jailer


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Engel, 42, of Bradenton, currently incarcerated in the Manatee County Jail for transferring pornographic images to a minor via computer.


Robert Engel

The arrest report said on Sept. 25th, 2012, a deputy who was wearing his uniform and badge was near Engel when Engel threw a cup of water onto the deputy, striking his face, neck and uniform.

Engel was reportedly mad with the deputy for taking his blanket because he was "using it for fishing purposes."

Charges were ultimately brought on April 13th.

He was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail.


Death of 4-Year-Old Boy
Under Investigation;
Parents Arrested


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the death of a 4-year-old boy is under investigation.

A press release issued late Tuesday said on Sunday, April 12, deputies responded to the report of an unresponsive child at 708 59th Ave. Terrace W., Bradenton.

The child, Alexander Marr, age 4, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy on Monday and preliminary results show the child suffered unexplained injuries which caused his death.

At this time, the manner of death has not been determined.

The investigation continues and no one has been charged in connection with the child's death.

The child lived with his mother, Diana Marr, 32, and the mother's boyfriend, Trevor Cardarelle, 25-

Cardarelle was arrested at the scene on Sunday for Violation of Probation and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The investigation continues.


SSO Warrant Sweep
Results in 15 Arrests


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested 15 people as part of a targeted search for suspects who sold heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs to narcotics detectives in recent months.


Above, some of the evidence seized

Following several undercover drug buys, Special Investigations Section Detectives obtained warrants for these street level dealers in North Sarasota. Twelve arrests were made Thursday and Friday, and three more suspects were taken into custody over the past few days.

The defendants face 52 felony charges and one misdemeanor for crimes including drug trafficking, selling cocaine and heroin, and weapons possession. Several suspects sold drugs near a daycare, elementary school and church. One suspect was caught with marijuana, crack cocaine, guns and $2,600 in cash at the time of his arrest.

The 15 defendants have a combined 234 prior felony charges and 175 prior misdemeanor charges. Two suspects are Prolific Offenders in Sarasota County.

"These suspects are a nuisance to this community," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "The residents, clergy and business owners who we work closely with want a safer environment, so these arrests protect citizens from drug-related crimes and ensure children aren't exposed to the illicit drug sales that were taking place."

During the sweep, detectives were notified of a federal warrant for a suspect they arrested on drug and weapons charges in December. Bryant Hayes was taken into custody following his indictment for Knowing Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Knowing Transfer of a Firearm to a Convicted Felon.


Woman Sues Bethune-Cookman
University: Wouldn't Let Her
Have Dance Club Application
Unless She Lost 20 Pounds


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- A woman is suing Bethune-Cookman University after she said she was discriminated against while pursuing a master's degree in 2009, Orlando television station WKMG reportede.

Phylise Bowens said she wanted to be a member of the 14K Gold Dancers, the school's dance team, but said she wasn't allowed to try out because of her weight.

She claimed when she met with the band director she was told to lose 20 pounds before she could even get an application.

“I did everything, I worked out five days a week morning and night,” Bowens said.

She said she did lose weight, but the transformation wasn't enough and she was still denied a chance to try out.

“To ask me to lose weight in order to join an organization that's hazing -- you cannot do that,” Bowens said.

Her attorney, David Glasser, said the university violated the student handbook, breaching a contract with his client. In a complaint filed in court last week, they are asking for $15,000 and a refund of tuition already paid.

Bowens told Local 6 that the lawsuit is not just about the money.

“This is unacceptable and I want to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else,” she said.

"Our attorneys and administration are currently investigating this matter," the university said in a statement. "B-CU is an equal opportunity institution and encourage all students to be actively involved in our campus extracurricular offerings," WKMG said she said.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Woman, 28, Arrested for Sex
with Minor Girl, 16/17 Years Old;
Parents Knew About Affair

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Angela Marie Klooster, 28, of 206 65th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Angela Klooster

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, April 12th, at about 8:45 p.m., an investigation into a domestic battery determined that the victim was the primary aggressor and suicidal. She was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

During interviewing both parties separately, it was discovered that Klooster and the minor victim were in a sexual relationship, consisting of oral sex and digital penetration.

Klooster has been in the sexual dating relationship with the victm for the past seven months. According to both parties, it was a consensual relaationship and the victim's parents knew about the relationship.

Klooster was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery of a Victim 16 or 17 Years of Age.

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

Anyone with any information about this or any related 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 Wanted for Probation
Violation Texts: "I can't
live any more"

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for Christopher Lindblade, 24, of Myakka City.


Christopher Lindblade

A sheriff's report said Lindblade is wanted for Violation of Probation for Burglary.

Lindblade lives with his girlfriend’s family and texted them “I can’t live anymore. Good bye.” on Saturday, April 11th, and has not returned since.

There have been several texts since then with the latest occurring at around noon on Monday in which Lindblade said he “was trying to figure things out.”

Lindblade could be driving a 2003 red Dodge Durango with Florida tag 855QKS.

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.



PPD Arrests Man for Slashing
Good Samaritan's Arm after
Grand Theft Shoplifting


PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Jason Allyn Maggert, 35, a homeless person.


Jason Maggert

The arrest report said on Sunday, April 12th, at about 4:15 p.m., Maggert entered the Walmart store located at 508 10th Street East, in Palmetto.

He proceeded to remove items from the store display shelves and place them in his grocery cart.

Walmart loss prevention personnel then observed him walking out of the store, passing all points of sale and failing to pay for the merchandise which later added up to $669.69.

When store employees yelled at him to return to the store, a good samaritan began to run after Maggert in the parking lot.

The good samaritan caught up with Maggert, who displayed a knife and sliced the good samaritan's arm, leaving a 2 to 2 1/2 inch gash in the good samaritan's arm.

EMS provided medical treatment at the scene.

Maggert was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Grand Theft Shoplifting.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $16,500.


Woman Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kristin Stockland, 28, 7334 Palomino Drive, Port Richey, Florida.


Kristin Stockland

The arrest report said on Thursday, April 9th, at about 7:45 a.m., while the victim in this case, Mark Barlow, was in the bathroom, Kristin sprayed hair spray in his eyes.

Mark washed his eyes out and was telling Kristin that she needed to get her stuff together and that after court she would not be returning to the residence.

Kristin pushed Mark onto the bed and began hitting him.

Mark exited the residence at which point, Kristin locked him out of the house.

Mark ended up ripping the door knob apart on the front door to gain entry back in to use the bathroom, but couldn't get in.

He went around back, at which point Kristin began throwing her belongings at Mark, knocking him down.

Kristin then got on top of him and grabbed him by the neck, choking him to the point he was losing his breath.

She was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,500.


Woman Arrested by BPD
for "Huffing" Chemical


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Michelle D. Kaufman, 37, of 1701 55th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Michelle Kaufman

The arrest report said on Sunday, April 12th, at about 8 p.m., an officer was informed by a concerned citizen that a woman was sitting by a tree at 4211 59th Street West, "huffing" from an air duster.

He began walking in that direction and as he got closer, he could hear the sound of someone huffing from a can.

As he walked around the tree, he observed Kaufman with her legs out in front of her staring blankly. She did not move when he walked in front of her.

She picked up an air duster can and huffed from it again in the officer's presence.

The officer grabbed the can from Kaufman and threw it a few feet out of her reach.

She continued to attempt to reach for the can, displaying a sign of intoxication which distorted her visual or mental processes.

She was arrested and charged with Inhale/Ingest Harmful Chemicals.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120.


Missing 15-Year-Old Runaway,
1-Year-Old Baby Located

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a minor mother took her baby and ran away; a little later, MSO reported finding her and the baby, both of whom are okay.


Rosa Hernandez and Joshua Andres

A sheriff's report said Maribel Valenzuela awoke Sunday morning, April 12th, to find her daughter, Rosa Hernandez, and her grandson, Joshua Andres, gone. Rosa is the biological mother of Joshua.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Joshua has been ill and is on medication which Rosa apparently did not have with her.


Broken Auto Ruse Used to
Gain Entry to Home in
Armed Home Invasion

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion that occurred early Monday morning.

A victim reported that on Monday, April 13th, at approximately 2:45 am he was awakened by someone knocking on the door to his residence in the 5200 block Camus Street in Sarasota.

A Black female in her 20s was at his door and asked to use his phone stating her vehicle had broken down.

The victim saw a 4-door white vehicle parked nearby.

After the victim opened the door, 2 Black males in their 20s rushed in displaying firearms.

The suspects struck the victim in the head causing minor injuries, then fled after taking cash and property.

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


Funeral Held for Fallen
Ocala Police Officer


OCALA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A funeral was held Monday for an Ocala police officer who was accidentally shot and killed during training one week ago, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

ocala police investigators said Officer Jared Forsyth, 33, was shot during firearms training at Lowell Correctional Institution on Northwest Gainesville Road.

Forsyth's funeral service was held at the First Baptist Church of Ocala on Maricamp Road, where hundreds of police from all over the state gathered to remember him.

"When I met Jared, I tried real hard not to like him," said Officer Casey Walsh. "I failed miserably."

Forsyth's father, Timothy Haley, a retired emergency responder, said he mourns his son. But he also urged officers to support the officer whose gun went off.

"This gun was not pointed in my son's direction," Haley told the audience. "It wasn't even in his area. I believe my son could have been hiding in a vault back in downtown Ocala and this bullet would have found him. "

Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn't attend the ceremony but issued a statement Monday about Forsyth.

"Ann and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Jared Forsyth, and we ask that God comfort everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. We are humbled by the selflessness and bravery of our Florida law enforcement officers, like Jared, who choose to risk their lives each day to keep our families safe. We join all Floridians in extending our thoughts and prayers to Jared's family, friends and the members of the Ocala Police Department during this difficult time," Scott said.

In honor of Forsyth, Scott last week directed flags of the United States and the state of Florida to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday at the Ocala Police Department, City Hall in Ocala and the County Courthouse in Marion County.

Forsyth's remains will be flown to New York state, where he will buried near his mother's home, WKMG said.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Non-Consensual Sex
with Minor Girl

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Andres C.J. Vega, 19, of 4907 Lakehill Court West, Bradenton.


Andres Vega

According to the arrest report, on February 13th, at about 10 p.m., Vega met the unnamed 16-year-old victim at G.T. Bray Park, in Bradenton.

The victim told police that she went to a friend's house with Vega.

She was under the influence of marijuana when she and Vega had sex.

She said she never gave consent to have sex with Vega -- she never verbalized that she did not want to have sex with Vega, but pushed Vega three or four times.

Post-Miranda, when Vega was interviewed by police, he admitted having sex with the victim at the friend's residence. He said he penetrated the vagina of the victim with his penis. He said he used a condom, which was later discharged in the resident's toilet, he told police.

He was arrested on Thursday, April 9th, and charged with Sexual Battery of a Minor.

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


Man Arrested for Battering
Pregnant Minor Victim


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Richard Jim Stines, 20, of 5418 17th Street West, Bradenton.


Richard Stines

The arrest report said on Thursday, April 9th, at about 11:15 a.m., a deputy responded to 5640 14th Street West, Bradenton, and met with the pregnant juvenile victim in this case, Haley Franks.

Haley told the deputy that her friend (a witness) and Stines were involved in a verbal argument over a cigarette.

Haley said she told Stines to get out of the vehicle, whereupon he began pulling Haley's hair.

Haley was able to get out got of the vehicle and upon doing so was pushed by Stines.

Haley then returned to the vehicle in an attempt to get away from Stines and he proceeded to spit in Haley's face twice.

Haley and the witness both told the deputy that Stines knew Haley is pregnant

Stines told the deputy that he has heard the victim talk about being pregnant.

He was located at his residence and arrested.

He was charged with Should Have Known Victim was Pregnant.

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


Deputies Capture Two Men
Involved in Armed Burglary
out of BPD Jurisdiction

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Willie Bryant, 21, and Troy Hodo, 22, both of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Willie Bryant and Troy Hodo

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, April 11th, at about 9:30 p.m., MSO was involved in a pursuit of a vehicle believed to be involved in a Armed Burglary out of Bradenton Police.

The pursuit went into the Village at Cortez apartments where the suspects fled from the vehicle into apartment 1111.

After about an hour, the suspects exited the residence and were arrested without incident.

Bradenton Police took over the investigation.

Bryant was charged by MSO with Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash with Injuries, Obstruction, and No Driver's License. Hodo was charged with Obstruction and Violation Felony Probation.

Bryant remains in jail on a bail bond of $7,120 and Hodo remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond for violating probation.


Two Pinellas County Women
Busted for Shoplifting

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dominique Days, 22, and Shamika Grant, 24, both of Pinellas County.


Above, L to R, Dominique Days and Shamika Grant

A sheriff's report said on Thursday, April 9th, at about 1:45 p.m., a retail theft occurred at Burlington Coat Factory, with security following the suspect vehicle, a black PT Cruiser.

Dep Sellitto was on a directed patrol at Bayshore Plaza, when the suspect vehicle pulled into the plaza. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was occupied by three black females.

Burlington security was on scene and identified them as the suspects in the retail theft. Two of the three were arrested for the retail theft, and possession of tools to break security tags off of clothes (hidden in bra).

The other female was cited for driving without a license, and given a court date.

This group was from Pinellas FL. They also had several items of clothing in the vehicle from other stores not belonging to Burlington.

Burlington Coat Factory got all of their stolen items back.

This group is possibly related to a ring that has been hitting retail stores in the Manatee county area.


Deputy Arrests Man for
Carrying Concealed
Weapon


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jesus Jaime Jimenez, 19, a transient person.


Jesus Jimenez

The arrest report said on Saturday, March 28th, at about 1 p.m., Jimenez was sitting in the play area of the McDonald's restaurant located at 4711 14th Street West, Bradenton. He was eating with a friend.

Several witnesses saw he had a gun down the front of his pants and not in a holster.

Upon arrival, he was asked if he had a gun and he said, "Yes."

He was told to stand up with his hands in the air.

There was a slight bulge in the front part of his waistband as described by witnesses.

He was handcuffed and the gun was secured.

He told the deputy he bought the gun off of a crack head the day before at the Marathon gas station on S.R. 64. He said he did not have a CCW permit.

The gun was a Rock Island Armory .45 ACP. It had 3 bullets in the magazine.

He was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm.

He remains in custody on 4 counts of Violation of Probation, without bond.


Drive-By Shooting Reported;
No Injuries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a drive-by shooting that occurred on Saturday, April 11th, at about 1 a.m., in the 4300 block of 9th Street East, Bradenton.

Unknown suspect(s) fired multiple shots at the listed residence. One of the projectiles struck a vehicle that parked in the driveway.

No one was injured.

There are no suspects at this time.

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.


Sarasota Sheriff Reports a
Sexual Predator Registration


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is advising the public that Brandan Cortlee Naylor-Moore, 18, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in Sarasota County.


Brandan Naylor-Moore

Naylor-Moore was convicted of two counts of Attempted Sexual Battery by a Juvenile on a Victim under 12 in Sarasota County in 2013 and sentenced to 4 years in prison. He has no other criminal history.

Naylor-Moore was just released and reports that he will live at 9055 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 66, in Venice. He is currently under the supervision of the Department of Corrections (DOC) and is not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school, childcare facility, park or playground.

This information is posted on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office web site, agency Facebook page and Twitter account to publicly notify citizens of sex offenders and predators who register a Sarasota County address for the first time, when moving into the county or following release from prison. Citizens should still sign up to receive notifications from FDLE of sex offender and predator registrations and address changes at their web site https://www.floridaoffenderalert.com.


Woman Arrested for Robbery
by Sarasota Police

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a robbery that occurred at Popeyes, 820 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota at approximately 10:25am Friday.


Kinah Johnson

Popeyes employees told officers a female suspect walked into the store, implied she had a gun and demanded cash.

A weapon was not seen and the suspect left the store with undisclosed amount of cash.

Approximately five minutes after the robbery occurred, the suspect was taken into custody in a nearby park and identified as the suspect by witnesses.

Kinah M Johnson, 18, has been arrested and charged with Rrobbery.

Johnson was transported to the Sarasota County Jail.


Man Accused of Driving Drunk
with Two Kids in Vehicle


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Reader, 22, of Sarasota.


Robert Reader

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Sarasota man after he fled from deputies while driving drunk with two children in his car.

Around 8:00 p.m., Thursday, deputies responded to Myakka State Park in Sarasota for a suspicious vehicle with what appeared to be an impaired driver and two children inside.

Driver Robert Reader is charged with DUI, two counts of Child Abuse, two counts of DUI with a Child Under 18, Driving without a Valid License and Fleeing to Elude.

He is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bond.


Arrest made in Orange County
Home Invasion, Kidnapping


ORANGE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orange County deputies have made an arrest in the home invasion and kidnapping on Thursday, Orlando television station WKMG reporte.

Cesar Rodriguez-Barbosa, 20, has been charged with home invasion robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and aggravated battery in the Thursday morning incident.

The home invasion and kidnapping occurred around 3:40 a.m. at a home in the gated Lake Gloria Shores community off Lancaster Road in south Orlando.

Details around Rodriguez-Barbosa's arrest were not immediately available, WKMG said.


 

 

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